Sep 17, 2009
In an “off the record” segment of Obama’s interview with CNBC, Obama commented on the Kanye West and Taylor Swift incident saying that Kanye acted like a “Jackass”. Read more and hear the actual audio of Obama slamming Kanye below.
It’s pretty bad when the President of the United States calls you a Jackass. And that’s just what happened…
Obama’s comments were caught by ABC newsman Terry Moran. Moran tweeted: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”
But because the comments were supposed to be off the record, Moran took the tweet down… but not before many people read it!
The audio was captured just before Obama’s interview with CNBC, and Obama was discussing Kanye’s antics onstage at the MTV awards and said, “I thought that was really inappropriate,” adding, “He’s a jackass.”
Immediately after his comments the President said, “Cut the President some slack.”
Sep 15, 2009
Back out just one night after attending the MTV Video Music Awards, Lady GaGa was on-hand for the Marc Jacobs 2010 Spring Fashion Show at the NY State Armory on Monday night (September 14).
Joining up with Madonna (who was out with beau Jesus Luz) and Marc Jacobs for a few photo ops, the “Poker Face” singer then headed along on her way to check out the latest styles from the popular designer.
Meanwhile, it sounds as if GaGa has garnered the respect of the Material Girl, who told press at the VMAs: “I just saw Lady GaGa. She looks like she’s going to carnival in Venice, very beautiful.”
When asked if the many comparisons of the two have caused any ill feelings, Madge replied, “No, I’m very flattered.”
Former wrestler Hulk Hogan has filed a lawsuit against his former lawyers for billing him over $1 million for services that Hogan says should have been free. Read more on this story below.
Hogan is mad at Zuckerman Spaeder representatives for how they handled his son Nick Bollea’s 2007 car crash, which resulted in passenger John Graziano’s severe brain damage.
Hogan claims executives at the law firm were contacted by experts at his car insurance company, Progressive, who offered to provide Hogan with legal representation for free.
In the court documents filed on Monday in Florida, Hogan alleges Zuckerman Spaeder exes knew about the Progressive offer for 17 months which resulted in costing him “in excess of one million dollars” in legal fees.
But by the time Hulk heard of the Progressive offer, his policy holders had “terminated the relationship” and refused to cover the majority of his legal fees.
Hogan’s son, Nick Bollea, served 166 days of an eight-month prison sentence last year for his part in the high speed collision. Graziano was finally released from a Florida hospital last week.
Sep 14, 2009
Taking a break from her Reading, Pennsylvania surroundings, Kate Gosselin was spotted returning to her New York City hotel earlier today (September 14).
Joined by bodyguard Steve Neild, the “Jon and Kate Plus 8” mother looked a bit cranky as she pushed past the paparazzi and headed inside.
During her appearance on “The View” this morning, Kate seemed overwhelmed as her co-hosts chatted away about all kinds of issues. But when it came time to talk about mental breakdowns (via Serena Williams’ meltdown at the US Open), Kate spoke up.
“This is definitely, I’m not going to lie, difficult. The truth, for the sake of my children, I’m going to take the high road,” she replied, also admitting that she’d had her own “meltdown” over the weekend in the privacy of her home.
Losing his battle with advanced pancreatic cancer, Patrick Swayze has passed away at the young age of 57-years-old.
According to the beloved actor’s publicist, Annett Wolf, Swayze succumbed to the terminal illness in Los Angeles on Monday (September 14) with family near his side.
Prior to his passing, Patrick continued to push forward with his acting career - as he had previously been working on a crime show called “The Beast”.
Just ahead to the beginning of the series, Mr. Swayze talked with Barbara Walters for her ABC special, saying of his illness, “I keep my heart and my soul and my spirit open to miracles,” adding that in the mean time, “I want to live.”
The “Ghost” actor will be dearly missed by his loved ones, colleagues and fans, leaving behind his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi.(mr.patrick swayze in the movie too wong fu) ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER..
Feeling the heaps of negative press since his now-infamous moment from the MTV VMAs last night (September 13), Kanye West keeps on offering up apologies to Taylor Swift.
Via his blog, the “Graduation” rapper wrote, “I feel like Ben Stiller in ‘Meet the Parents’ when he messed up everything and Robert De Niro asked him to leave… That was Taylor’s moment and I had no right in any way to take it from her. I am truly sorry.”
Meanwhile, reports tell that Kanye is still scheduled to appear on the debut of “The Jay Leno Show” later tonight (September 14).
“He is still scheduled to perform,” an NBC rep told press of West’s slated performance, during which time he’ll join Jay-Z and Rihanna as Leno’s first musical acts.
Making for the most talked about moment at the MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift has penned a message regarding the rude interruption she received via Kanye West last night (September 13).
“Well, I was standing on stage because I was really excited because I had just won the award. And then I was really excited because Kanye West was on stage. And then I wasn’t so excited anymore after that,” Taylor tells.
The country cutie adds, “I’ve been getting so many text messages and everybody’s been really nice. So I’ve had a really, really fun night. It’s been interesting definitely. It’s definitely been an interesting night… I don’t know him, and I’ve never met him, so… I don’t want to start anything because I had a great night tonight.”
Then talking about Beyonce Knowles’ gracious gesture to invite her onstage at the end of the night, Miss Swift explains, “They told me to stand by the side of the stage, and I didn’t really know what was going to go down. But I thought it was so wonderful and gracious of her to do what she’s always done. She’s always been a great person before anything else. Before the talented artist, the superstar, she’s always been a great person and I just, I thought I couldn’t love Beyonce more tonight, than tonight.”
She’s definitely known for her eccentric nature, and at tonight’s 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady GaGa made quite an impression as she arrived at Radio City Music Hall.
The “Just Dance” songstress displayed her usual unique fashion sense with a half-face mask and an all-black feathered dress, complete with a massive hat.
Not only will GaGa be adding to the pomp and circumstance of the evening with her presence, she’ll also be taking the stage for a sure-to-be memorable performance.
And if she’s lucky, Lady GaGa will take home any number of the nine total awards she’s nominated for.
Though she’s usually known for stirring up controversy, Madonna gave a heartwarming tribute to Michael Jackson at the opening of tonight’s 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
The “Like a Virgin” kicked off the show with a monologue explaining the similarities between herself and the late King of Pop, lamenting his poor treatment at the hands of the public.
Dressed in a very fashionable black ensemble, Madge put to words the pain that so many have felt since Jackson’s passing this past June 25th.
Following Madonna’s address, Janet Jackson highlighted a dance-infused set of some of Jackson’s best-loved songs.
Fresh from a world tour, Lady GaGa was all about showing the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards her performing prowess.
The “Poker Face” diva was nothing short of outstanding as she took the stage for a memorable and dramatic rendition of her latest hit “Paparazzi.”
And true to form, GaGa took things to the extreme by simulating a self-hanging scenario, complete with fake facial blood.
Lady GaGa joined the illustrious list of VMA performers including Green Day, Beyonce Knowles, Taylor Swift, and Janet Jackson.
just did at the 2009 VMAs really goes to show how big of an ASS hole he really is.
Just as Taylor Swift was about to speak about her music video award, Kanye West rudely jumped on stage and said it belonged to Beyonce, not her.
He said- “Yo, Taylor — I’m really happy for you. I’ll let you finish. But Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!!”
Words will do no justice, see for yourself-
Way to ruin the poor girls golden moment.
This video probably won’t last long. MTV is having all of these videos pulled.
Actress Lauren London has reportedly given birth to a son on Friday (September 11) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read more on Lauren
Actress Lauren London has reportedly given birth to a son on Friday (September 11) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Read more on Lauren London and Lil Wayne’s baby boy below.
MTO reports that Lil Wayne and Lauren’s baby boy weighed in at 7 lbs ad 12 oz., and was 21 inches long. And Weezy is said to have been present in the delivery room for the birth.
The child is London’s first, and Lil Wayne’s third. He has two children from two other mothers. He has a daughter named Reginae from his former high school sweetheart, Antonia “Toya” Carter, and a son Dwayne, who was born last October.
“Lauren London and Dwayne Carter welcomed their healthy baby boy into the world on 09-09-09,” Lauren’s publicist told hiphollywood.com “Everyone is happy and well.”
Serena Williams lost her cool and cursed out the line judge at the US Open on Saturday night.
Serena Williams was called on a foot fault, and said some nasty things to the line judge and lost the game to Kim Clijsters. .
And what did Serena Williams Say to Line Judge that cause her to Lose Match Point?
“I swear to God I’m fu*king taking this ball and shoving it down your fu*king throat…” and then after a bunch of other yelling she closed it off with a… “motherfu*ker.”
Serena Williams truly embarrassed herself on Saturday night during the incident at the U.S. Open. The way it went down was as follows:
* She was given a point penalty on match point, which meant she lost her semifinal to Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 7-5.
* She was given the point penalty because, after a linesperson called a foot fault on her first serve at 15-40, she went over to the linesperson, shook her fist at her, and from just several feet away, said, according to several witnesses courtside, “You don’t know me. You better be right. I could shove this ball down your throat.” Interspersed with this were several F-bombs.
* The lineswoman was called to the chair umpire to report what had been said. The chair umpire had given Williams a warning/code violation at the end of the first set, when Williams smashed her racket to the court and broke it. That is a routine call for chair umpires. A second violation called from the chair is loss of a point, a third loss of the match. Williams’ second violation was on match point.
* The point violation was assessed after a conference around the umpire’s chair that included chair umpire Louise Engzell, tournament referee Brian Earley, the unidentified lineswoman and Williams. During that confab, Williams was overheard on TV microphones as denying she had threatened to kill the lineswoman.
Quickly, Williams was tossing her racket on her bag and walking to the back of the court, where a confused Clijsters spread her palms open as if to say, “What’s going on?” and then accepted Williams’ handshake and short hug.
Sep 12, 2009
Jay-Z’s “Answer the Call 911 Benefit Concert“ at Madison Square Garden in NY last night (September 11) was a star studded affair. Jay-Z was joined on stage by Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Diddy, Rihanna, Kanye West, Memph Bleek, Kid Cudi, and John Mayer. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the New York Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund.
Check out video's of the concert....
Sep 11, 2009
Jon and Kate Gosselin’s bitterness isn’t over yet. “She is beyond angry,” a source told “Good Morning America” when asked about her alleged infidelity.
“She knows Jon is just trying to vent his anger at her,” the insider said, “but she feels he’s gone way too far.”
Jon was questioned about the reports that Kate had an affair with bodyguard Steve Neild and responded with:"I speculate, but I don’t know — that’s a general feel. You know, almost like when they were traveling together, I felt jealous . . . Here, I’m Mr. Mom. And then there’s some other guy traveling with my wife. Whether it’s protection or not, it’s all in — it’s in the back of my mind.”
While sitting with Chris Cuomo, Jon certainly took a beat down. He felt like he’s gone from “America’s favorite dad to dirt-bag.” He also added that he despises Kate for her two-facedness.
So how was the mother of eight doing during the interview? Close sources to the mom said she tried to be prepared but was still shocked.
Sources close to Kate say she had tried to brace herself for the interview, Radar Online reports, but was still taken aback.
“Kate knew it was coming,” an insider says, “But it’s still pretty bad.”
But what may be making Kate most mad is that she believes Jon is stirring up the fire of the rumors with bodyguard Neild.
Jon also failed to follow the mutually-agreed-upon 45-day media blackout following their divorce announcement. One source says he talked to press just days after.
But one source adds that, although she is hurt, she is fearful for what impact the divorce could have on the children in the future.
“While I certainly have a very different perception of how our marriage dissolved, for the sake of my children I maintain that I’m not going to go into details of aspects I believe should remain private.”
Kicking off the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week festivities, Rihanna was spotted living it up in the Big Apple
The “Take a Bow” songstress looked lovely as she arrived at Giuseppe Zanotti where fellow singer Katy Perry was scheduled to be making an appearance as well.
Ri-Ri donned an uber-trendy black minidress complete with a head covering teamed with a pair of black fringed-out ankle boots.
Prior to that, Rihanna was spotted at a Sienna Miller-hosted party at Intermix, hobnobbing with fellow guests and posing for the paparazzi.
Taking a break from his usual whirlwind lifestyle, Jon Gosselin was spotted hanging out at his Reading, Pennsylvania home yesterday (September 10).
The “Jon and Kate Plus 8” papa chatted on his mobile phone while the nanny looked for her car keys and found them thanks to the help of the Gosselin kids.
According to a report, Jon gave his girlfriend Hailey Glassman a tour of Wernersville yesterday beginning with breakfast at a local diner before hopping into a borrowed classic car and hitting the streets.
An eyewitness told press, “They definitely looked like two people in love. They were both laughing and smiling and just enjoying being together finally without worrying about being seen. They kissed and held hands a lot.”
Of his girlfriend, Jon told press, “I get encouragement from her, I get respect from her. Two things that a man needs. This is someone, I mean, like soul mate — like people joke about that. But I’m not joking about that.”
Jay-Z says he is sad that people were offended by his quiet marriage to singer Beyonce Knowles. Read more on what Jay-Z said in his interview with Oprah below.
Beyonce and Jay-Z wanted to keep their wedding day a secret to avoid unwanted attention, but the rapper admits some friends and family were disappointed not to be invited.
Jay-Z told TV host Oprah Winfrey in an interview for O magazine: “Very few people knew about it. The sad part is that we offended some.”
“But people who love you understand because, at the end of the day, it’s your day.”
In their quiet wedding ceremony held in April 2008 at the rapper’s penthouse apartment in New York. The couple had a big party that was attended by Beyonce’s parents, Tina and Mathew Knowles, her sister Solange, Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams and their actress friend Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jay-Z also opened up about his rough childhood growing up in New York’s Brooklyn district. He explained that dealing drugs seemed the “natural” route for him to take. Jay-Z said, “If anyone did become something like a lawyer or doctor or something like that, they moved out.”
“They never came back to share the wisdom of how they made it. If anyone made it, you never knew it. That’s why I always said if I became successful, I’d come back here, grab somebody, and show him how it can be done.”
Jon Gosselin did an interview with ABC’s Chris Cuomo, and the reality dad bashed his estranged wife Kate saying he despises her. Read more of what Jon had to say about Kate below.
The “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ star says he was pushed to the limit by his wife Kate during their 10-year marriage.
“I was verbally abused,” the 32-year-old accuses. “I was beaten down. She separated me from my family. She used to hold the kids over my head and say, ‘Don’t spend time with your mom, spend time with your kids.’ Why can’t I spend time with my mom and kids together?”
Jon also said Kate called him all kinds of names.
“She’ll call me, like, almost like a ‘lame fish,’ ” Gosselin says in the taped interview from Aug. 28. “Like I wasn’t going anywhere. Well, excuse me, I’m taking care of the kids. She’s on book tours, she’s doing all these things. You know, she’s gone a week. You know, comes back. Unpacks, repacks, does laundry, packs up and leaves again. And I’m standing there like, ‘Oh, OK. Your mom’s gone again.’ But I took a lot of abuse from her. You know, I was put down.”
Jon remembers back to when he was sick of Kate and fought for his right to go out.
“In 10 years, I’ve never gone out…When she said, ‘I don’t want you going out,’ I…I used to say, ‘OK, I’m not going to go out.’ I was very passive. This is the first time I said, ‘You know what? I want to see my friends. I’m going out,’ ” Gosselin says.
“That was the first time in my life I ever stood up to Kate…I just felt like I had to take back some time in my life, and I did it. And I felt really good. I made my own decision…I was beaten down for so long, I couldn’t even make my own decision. And when I did, I was like, holy cow! You know? Yeah, what’s she gonna do? Divorce me? All right. Obviously. You know.”
Jon married Kate when he was 22 years-old and seems to want to make up for the time he lost.
“I had twins at 23. I had sextuplets at 27. Bye-bye, twenties,” Gosselin says. “Raising all those kids until you’re 30 and, you know, you don’t even think about what’s going on around you. You do what you got to do to survive.”
Jon Gosselin revealed that it was Kate’s verbal abuse that made the marriage irreparable. And Jon says it was Kate who actually called it quits.
“She made the first move. She knows the truth,” Gosselin says. “I wish to God she would speak from emotions.”
But Kate tells GMA her side of the story:
“While I certainly have a very different perception of how our marriage dissolved, for the sake of my children I maintain that I’m not going to go into details of aspects I believe should remain private,” she said.
Things certainly don’t look good for the reality couple. Jon even said, “I can’t sit on a sofa with that woman. I can’t sit on someone right now that I despise—I despise because she’s not speaking from the heart. Please, the stuff you tell me in private should be the stuff you tell me on TV.”
They are living separately but share custody of their eight children.
“I’ve cried more now in the last, like, eight months…than my entire life,” Jon said. “Our relationship will never be fixed… I don’t trust her anymore. I was abused…I was beaten down…I’m not going back to that lifestyle.”
Jon says he finally decided to speak out and tell his side of the story.
“You get frustrated and pent up. I have no voice in the media,” he tells Cuomo. “I want to let the world know that I’m a real person with feelings. Yeah, OK, I made mistakes. Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to go out to the clubs.”
The ABC interview with “America’s Favorite Father” airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. in the special Primetime: Family Secrets.
Do you guys think Jon has a point? Do you find Kate verbally abusive and over-bearing?
Tisha Campbell-Martin has given birth to her second child! Read more below for details on Tisha’s baby news!
Tisha Campbell-Martin, 40, and hubby Duane Martin, 44, welcomed a baby boy they named Ezekiel Czar Martin in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.
Baby Ezekiel weighed a healthy nine pounds, nine ounces and was 23 inches long. Ezekiel wasn’t actually due until September 21 so he would have been huge.
Tisha’s new baby will join older brother, Xen, 8.
Campbell-Martin said she had no issue with being pregnant at 40.
“I’m enjoying it. I’m 40, and having a baby!” she said. “Every moment, every nauseous moment, everything that is good and not so good about being pregnant, I’m enjoying.”
Tisha currently stars in Lifetime Television’s comedy series Rita Rocks, which returns for the second season on Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Congrats to Tisha and Duane on their baby boy!
Nicole Richie has given birth to her and Joel Madden’s second child and this time it’s a boy! Read more on Nicole Richie’s baby Sparrow James Midnight Madden below!
The couple welcomed their new son Sparrow James Midnight Madden early Wednesday, September 9th in Los Angeles, California. Little Sparrow weighed in at 7 lbs., 14 oz.
“Nicole, Joel, Harlow and Sparrow are all doing well. Thank you for all of your good wishes,” reads a statement on Nicole’s website.
Sparrow will join big sister Harlow Winter Kate, who turns 20 months this week.
The couple had announced the pregnancy in February, and Joel said, “I am so happy to tell everyone that Harlow is going to be a big sister! God has truly blessed my family. Hope you’re all feeling as good as I am right now.”
Congrats to Nicole Richie and Joel Madden on their baby boy!
After being separated for 11 years, Playboy’s founder Hugh Hefner, 83, has finally filed for divorce from his second wife Kimberly Conrad. Read more on Hugh Hefner’s divorce below.
Hugh Hefner filed for divorce from his former Playboy Playmate second wife, Kimberly Conrad, citing irreconcilable differences.
The couple married in July 1989 and separated nine years later, but they remained legally married.
Kimberly Conrad, 47, is the mother of two of Hefner’s four children, and has been supported by Hefner all these years living in a home next to the Playboy mansion.
Things became tense when Hefner sold the house Conrad was living in… and Kimberly sued Hefner saying he owed her more than five million dollars.
The divorce documents also state that Hugh is asking the judge to set spousal support at $20,000 per month because he has already given Kimberly close to $12 million since their 1998 separation.
Something interesting just reported by TMZ:
TMZ just spoke with the Playboy kingpin, who told us he made the decision to officially break it off with his estranged wife, and mother of his two children, strictly because she filed a $5 million lawsuit against him last month relating to the sale of a house they owned together.
As for why he had stayed married during the 11-years they have been estranged, Hef says, “At the time of the separation, I was happy to get a divorce … I only remained married for the sake of the children at her request.”
Hef told us that he was “faithful” during the time they were together, but says Kim had cheated on him “early in the relationship.” Hef says he knows who the other person is, but would not reveal the identity.
Hef did reveal his frustrations with the lawsuit — claiming he has paid Kimberley every cent that he agreed to pay her in their prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, adding, “I have been generous to a fault.”
Sep 6, 2009
Christian Audigier, the French fashion designer close to Michael Jackson, plans to purchase his last home (the home Jackson died in), and expects to have the keys within two weeks.
Audigier said he had been unable to receive permission to turn the home in a museum like he hoped, but instead would open it every June on the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.
“I can have the house in one month now,” Audigier, who said he is worth 250 million dollars, told AFP in an interview. “I get the keys two weeks from today.”
The Holmby Hills mansion, believed worth over 30 million dollars, currently belongs to Audigier’s associate and the boss of his fashion company Hubert Guez.
Jackson had been “in great shape” in the weeks before his death, Audgier stated.
“He was very skinny but he was a dancer too,” he said. “He was very involved with the London concert. What happened was very sad.
“The guy was very happy to come back on stage.”
Audigier, who was in Paris the day of Jackson’s funeral, regrets having to miss the burial.
“I miss him,” he said. “God bless him.”
The jeweled white glove Michael Jackson threw to an Australian fan over ten years ago sold at auction on Sunday for $48,400. Read more on this story below.
Warwick Stone, a buyer for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, beat out five other bidders for the late King of Pop’s glove, said Charlotte Stanes, spokeswoman for the Melbourne auction house Bonhams and Goodman.
“We are very happy with the result,” Stanes said. “It’s the first glove we know about in Australia.”
This was the first auction of a Michael Jackson glove since his death on June 25 this year at age 50.
Jackson visited Australia in 1996 as part of his HIStory world tour. While Jackson was in Australia, he attended a premiere for the film “Ghosts,” in which he had a starring role. After the screening, Jackson tossed the glove at audience member Bill Hibble, who has since died, said national head of collectables Giles Moon.
Sep 4, 2009
Michael Jackson was finally buried two months after his death. Jackson’s funeral was attended by the Jackson family and many celebrity guests. Read more and see video of Jackson’s burial service below.
Michael Jackson’s burial service was held Thursday night at a highly guarded mausoleum in a Los Angeles suburb.
Family and guests arrived for Jackson’s burial in a private mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
There were around 200 people in attendance for Michael’s funeral and burial service which included Elizabeth Taylor, Lisa Marie Presley, Macaulay Culkin, Quincy Jones and many others.
After the service, the family released a statement, saying, “Michael Jackson reached his final resting place tonight at 9:43 pm PST in The GreatMausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park.”
“The pallbearers were Michael’s five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Randy Jackson,” the statement continued. “At the beginning of the ceremony, Michael’s children placed a crown on their father’s coffin to signify the final resting place of the King of Pop.”
Gladys Knight sang the gospel hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” the statement said, and songwriter Clifton Davis sang “Never Can Say Goodbye,” the hit he wrote for the Jackson 5.
The investigation into Mr. Jackson’s death continues. The coroner has ruled that he died from a mix of the anesthetic propofol and another sedative, and the focus seems to be still on Dr. Conrad Murray.
* JACKSON IS LAID TO REST AMONG THE STARS
Stars including ELIZABETH TAYLOR, MACAULAY CULKIN and LISA MARIE PRESLEY turned out to honour MICHAEL JACKSON as he was laid to rest in a private ceremony in California - ten weeks after his sudden death.
The King of Pop passed away at his Holmby Hills home on 25 June (09) and a week later he was remembered with a family funeral and a star-studded public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
It has taken over two months for the star’s body to buried following a reported disagreement among his family over a suitable burial ground.
The Jackson clan eventually decided to inter the singer at the Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park and on Thursday evening (03Sep09), the star’s family and friends came together once more to pay their respects.
Jackson’s family, including his mother Katherine and father Joe, his siblings, and his three children Prince Michael, Paris, and Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket, were driven to the memorial park in a fleet of Rolls Royce limousines - arriving over an hour late for the planned 7pm (local time) start.
The star’s close friends including Macaulay Culkin and his girlfriend Mila Kunis, actor Chris Tucker, and Elizabeth Taylor attended the outdoor ceremony, which saw around 200 guests seated on white chairs on the lawns outside the crypt and signing a book of condolence for the fallen King of Pop.
Taylor was left devastated by her close friend’s death and refused to attend his public memorial service because she didn’t want to be part of the “whoopla,” but agreed to attend the private ceremony on Thursday.
Jackson’s ex-wife Presley also turned out to honour her late former husband.
Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight were both reportedly ask to sing at the tribute, ahead of Jackson’s $30,000 (£20,000) gold casket being lowered into a concrete burial pit close to stars including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and his idol Walt Disney.
Security was tight at the service, with police setting up a wide perimeter around the park to stop fans getting anywhere near the private ceremony. Helicopters with thermal imaging devices also circled overhead to detect any unwanted intruders.
Two fans reportedly attempted to gatecrash the event in the hours leading up to the service, but they were swiftly apprehended by security guards and then removed by police, according to Sky News.
The family reportedly planned to hold a private celebration following the service at an Italian restaurant in Pasadena, California. (LR/WN/LR)
Oprah is firing right back at Chris Brown after he said that her show on domestic violence inspired by his assault on Rihanna felt like a slap in the face. Damn… you don’t want to piss off Oprah! Read what she had to say below.
Oprah did a show on domestic violence after the news of Rihanna’s beating came out in the news.
Here’s what Chris Brown had to say about the show and Oprah in People magazine:
“I commend Oprah on being like, ‘This is a problem,’ but it was a slap in my face. I did a lot of stuff for her, like going to Africa and performing for her school. She could have been more helpful, like, ‘Okay, I’m going to help both of these people out.’”
But Oprah didn’t hesitate to comment about what Chris said in a statement through her rep to TMZ:
“Oprah is very appreciative that Chris Brown performed at her school but she takes domestic abuse very seriously. She hopes he gets the counseling he needs.”
Sep 2, 2009
Could “Home Alone” actor Macaulay Culkin be the mysterious father of Michael Jackson’s child “Blanket” That is just what sources are reporting. Read more on this story below.
The late Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin have been friends since Culkin was a child. And now it’s being reported that Macaulay donated his sperm to an unidentified surrogate mother, who gave birth to Prince Michael II “Blanket”.
“It is well known Jackson and Macaulay shared a unique bond,” the Sun quoted a source as saying.
“Now rumors are spreading like wildfire that Macaulay, who Jackson nicknamed Mack, is actually Blanket’s biological dad,” the source added.
Friends of Michael Jackson’s have revealed he is not the biological father of any of his three kids: Prince Michael II, Michael, 12, and 11-year-old Paris.
“This isn’t just chitter-chatter, even Culkin suspects he’s Blanket’s father,” the source said.
“So many names have been mentioned as prospective dads, and this is probably the wackiest yet.
“But Jackson and Culkin were best friends. He was one of the few people Jackson really trusted and Mack never let him down.
“Really, Jackson idolized him - that’s why he asked Mack to donate sperm.
“Deep down, I think he always wished Mack was his son. Creating Blanket was the next best thing,” the source added.
But… we may never find out the truth because friends of Culkin’s say he will not go public with issue.
Halle Berry is expecting her second child with her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. Read more on Halle Berry’s pregnancy below.
Actress Halle Berry, who welcomed her beautiful daughter Nahla last March, is reportedly three months pregnant. So we were correct when we reported Halle’s suspicious baby bump recently.
“Halle is overjoyed,” a source told Life & Style magazine. “The first time, she struggled so much to get pregnant and eventually conceived through in vitro fertilization. This time, the baby was conceived through artificial insemination.
“She’s just ecstatic to be pregnant again.
“She wasn’t sure if she’d have another baby, so she’s very happy!”
Berry said earlier this year that she is “mentally ready” to add to her brood.
“My mind says ‘yes’,” she said. “But the rest isn’t up to me so we’ll see.”
Whitney Houston made an appearance, her first in years, singing on Good Morning America on Monday. Read more on Whitney’s performance and see video below.
Houston’s voice reportedly cracked as she was singing but she blamed it on a taping she did Monday for ‘Oprah.’ “When I’m talking, I should be singing,” she told the audience.
Whitney performed with lots of energy and yelled out “love you!” during the first line of “Million Dollar Bill,” but she danced instead of singing during the first chorus.
“I love you New York,” she announced at end of the song. “I love you Good Morning America. God bless you all. Thank you for coming, you’re making me feel so good.” She then ran upstage to hug host Diane Sawyer, who Houston called “one of my dearest friends.” Sawyer is the journalist who conducted the infamous “crack is wack” interview in 2002 during which Houston disclosed she had struggled with drug problems. “I’m overwhelmed with love and support, your prayers mean so much to me and I love you all for coming,” Houston told the crowd, adding defiantly, “I never left!”
“Seven years ago, looking in each others’ eyes, it was a very different world then. I was worried for you,” Sawyer told her. “Don’t be worried anymore. If you know God, then don’t be worried,” Houston replied, saying it was “my faith” that brought her here now. “The love and support of my family, which I do have. People who care about you in the good and bad times.” In 2002, Houston told Sawyer, “I partied a lot. Trust me: I partied my tail off. You get to a point where you know the party’s over.”
“I Look to You is about them, all of you all, and that one up there,” she said in Central Park, pointing skyward.
Later in the show Whitney said, “I’m going to do something extra for you, from me to you, this isn’t planned, it’s impromptu,” before starting “My Love Is Your Love.” Singing “See, I got my baby, can you give me a mic, y’all” she welcomed her Bobbi Kristina to the stage to sing a few lines.
“I owe this to my mother. This is the title track to my album, y’all,” Houston said next, before turning to face her mother, Cissy, for the ballad “I Look to You.” “You never left, you stayed, I love you,” she said, looking up with her arms stretched to her sides. After another commercial break she returned bouncing up and down and kicked off “I’m Every Woman,” and had hosts Sawyer and Robin Roberts to join her.
What do you guys think of Whitney Houston’s first performance in years?