Rapper Lil' Kim has recruited Miley Cyrus for her upcoming mixtape, Hard Core 2K13. The collection of new music from the hip-hop star was originally scheduled to be released on Friday (29Nov13), but Lil' Kim took to Twitter.com that same day to apologise for the delay.
She wrote, "I just want to make U (sic) guys happy... Please standby. 3 bonus tracks included! I love U guys!"
Lil' Kim also shared a tracklisting of the mixtape, which includes collaborations with rappers JadaKiss, YoGotti, French Montana and Cyrus, who is featured on a song called Bad B**ch.
On Halloween (31Oct13), Cyrus paid tribute to her pal by dressing up in Lil' Kim's infamous breast-exposing purple ensemble from the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Diaz's S&M video makes Internet rounds
A 12-year-old, soft-core video of a topless Cameron Diaz engaging in S&M play has sprung up on the Internet in Europe, Agence France Presse reports. Titled She's No Angel: Cameron Diaz, the 30-minute video, which features the fishnet stocking-clad actress vamping it up with another woman and a man, is being offered for $40 by a Russian-registered Web site, www.scandal-inc.com. Los Angeles photographer John Rutter, who reportedly shot the video in 1992 with a then 19-year-old Diaz, sold the video to the company. Last year, the Charlie's Angel star accused Rutter of seeking to extort money from her by threatening to release some topless photos of her. He was charged with attempting to extort $3.3 million from the actress, attempted grand theft and perjury and two counts of forgery. He has since been arrested and charged with extortion, and is currently free on bail. According to Diaz's spokesperson, a cease-and-desist letter has reportedly been sent to the Web site.
Brando's estate valued at $21.6 million
Hollywood legend Marlon Brando left an estate valued at $21.6 million, according to court papers filed Friday, putting to rest widespread speculation that he had died broke, Reuters reports. The petition for probate--the process by which a court distributes assets of the deceased--was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday and bequeaths his estate to a living trust, the terms of which were not disclosed. The will lists 10 surviving children, ages 10 to 46, but does not provide for Tuki Brando, the son of his deceased daughter, Cheyenne, who killed herself in 1995. In the will Brando also threatened to cut off any heir who challenged the distribution of his assets. The probate petition lists private property worth $3 million and real estate valued at $18.6 million, which includes his Mulholland Drive home and a Tahitian atoll he purchased in 1966 for about $200,000, Reuters reports.
McG exits WB's Super-Man project
Super-Man's curse continues. A Warner Bros. spokesperson has confirmed with Reuters that the studio and Charlie's Angels director McG, who was attached to shoot the next Superman movie, have amicably parted ways. Issues in negotiations included the project's budget, reportedly hovering at the $200 million mark, and the shooting location--McG favored New York while the studio preferred Australia. "It was clear to me that this was Metropolis. As a filmmaker, I felt it was inappropriate to try to capture the heart of America on another continent. I look at Superman as a character that embodies all that is beautiful about America," McG said in a statement. McG is the third director to exit the project, following Tim Burton and Brett Ratner.
Bobby Brown out on bail
R&B singer Bobby Brown turned himself in to jail officials Sunday night and was released after posting a $2,000 bond on charges he hit his wife, singer Whitney Houston, The Associated Press reports. In May, a judge had ordered there was enough evidence for Brown to stand trial on misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly hitting Houston in the face at their home near Alpharetta, a suburb north of Atlanta and had given Brown until midnight Sunday to turn himself in. AP reports the singer showed up with less than four hours to spare. Simple battery is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, but AP reports on a first offense in domestic-violence cases, the charge is usually dismissed if the defendant undergoes counseling.
Jackson gets warning from judge
A judge Friday scolded Michael Jackson for violating a gag order by publicly responding to revelations about the 1993 child molestation allegations against him, Reuters reports. The singer issued a statement last month after details of the reported $23 million settlement of the 11-year-old case were leaked to the media. California Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville told Reuters on Friday he had not yet ruled on whether evidence from the 1993 case would be admitted at the new trial, set to start in September, in which Jackson has been charged again with child molestation as well as plying a minor with alcohol. "There is a thin line here," Melville said. "I don't want to prevent someone from speaking out and saying they are innocent, but the district attorney was right to bring this (issue) forward. From now on, follow the gag order."
Rosie's gay cruise heads to Key West
Rosie O'Donnell's new R Family Vacations cruise line, which caters to gay and lesbian families, is getting a warm welcome in the island port of Key West, Fla., where it is set to stop Wednesday for its inaugural voyage. The AP reports O'Donnell will receive the key to the city when the Norwegian Dawn's seven-day trip cruise arrives, while a street fair will provide entertainment for children on the tour. Key West has long fostered a reputation as a tolerant vacation community that is especially friendly to gays and lesbians. O'Donnell married Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell in a civil ceremony Feb. 26 in San Francisco. The couple is raising four children.
Near-millionaire Jeopardy! contestant becomes celebrity
Ken Jennings, a 30-year-old software engineer from Utah, will make an unprecedented 29th appearance on the syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! tonight. And now that his winnings are approaching the $1 million mark, Jennings has become somewhat of a celebrity, with appearances scheduled on ABC's Good Morning America and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. To mark the start of its 20th season last September, Jeopardy! lifted its five-game limit for winners and allowed them to return until they lose. Jennings' winnings so far top a record $920,960. The previous record-holder was Tom Walsh, 39, of Washington, D.C., who won $184,900 in his seven-day run on the show in January.
Jadakiss' anti-Bush single "Why?" gets edited
Rapper Jadakiss' new single "Why?" that questions President Bush's involvement in the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and includes the line, "Why did Bush knock down the Towers?" is creating a stir. One program director who asked to remain anonymous told Reuters the uncensored version of that line is his favorite in the song, but added, "Since they can hear us in D.C., and I don't want Secret Service knocking down my door in the middle of the night … I'll stick to the clean version." But other stations, including WGCI Chicago and WWPR New York, have opted to play the unedited track. "Freedom of speech gives him the right to say what he does. No one edited "Get Low" by Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz," WWPR program director Michael Saunders. "Why?," from Jadakiss' second album Kiss of Death, debuted at No. 71 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart but climbed to No. 16 this week.
Shaq leaves Lakers
Will Jack, Dyan, Leo, Dustin, Penny and Denzel still be lounging courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers' games now that the team has agreed in principle to trade Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat? Since joining the Lakers in 1996, O'Neal has been part of an eight-year run in which the team won three NBA championships. But the wunderkind pairing of Shaq with guard Kobe Bryant didn't fare as well off court, as their ongoing feud (usually over control of the team)--as well as felony rape charges against Bryant--helped contribute to the disastrous performance during finals last season. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Shaq trade and the team's replacement of coach Phil Jackson is being seen as a move to placate Bryant, now a free agent. O'Neal has suggested that Laker owner Jerry Buss chose Bryant over the good of the team as a means of luring him away from free-agent offers.
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.
Slain bodies found on Donaldson's ranch
ABC newsman Sam Donaldson discovered what authorities called an "obvious crime scene" when he went to check on a family of caretakers on his New Mexico ranch Tuesday, AP reports. Cody Posey, the 14-year-old son of caretaker Delbert Paul Posey, was arrested Wednesday on charges of killing his father, stepmother and stepsister, authorities said, after the bodies were found buried in a shallow grave on Donaldson's ranch. Donaldson and his wife, Jan, were in Santa Fe in northern New Mexico during the Fourth of July weekend when the slayings apparently occurred. "We didn't see them Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon, so I went over--and on the porch was a large stain that was instantly recognizable," Donaldson told Albuquerque television station KOB-TV. Donaldson said he had hired Posey and his family in October 2001 to work the ranch. "Jan and I are so very, very sorry about the loss of these fine people."
Fahrenheit closes in on DVD distributor
Sony Corp.'s home entertainment division is close to acquiring DVD and home video rights to Michael Moore's controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, Variety reports. Although neither Sony nor the Fellowship Adventure Group, the entity formed by Miramax Films co-chiefs Harvey and Bob Weinstein to distribute the film theatrically, would comment on the home video deal, Variety reports Sony would release the DVD and VHS versions of Fahrenheit this fall through its Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment unit. The film, which grossed a record $60 million through its first two weekends in the United States and Canada, the most ever for a political documentary, also opened in France on Wednesday, where it wracked up huge ticket sales, as well as in Switzerland, Belgium and the Middle East; it will open in Britain on Thursday.
Spider-Man, set to song?
Producer Tony Adams and Marvel Comics are looking to take the comic-book-turned-hit-movie franchise and stage it as a musical, Variety reports. They are in talks with an eclectic group of musicians to make Spidey sing, including U2's Bono and the Edge and director/writer Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). The Lion King's Julie Taymor is on board to direct.
Jackson's defense wants indictment tossed out
Michael Jackson's lawyers are asking a judge to throw out his grand jury indictment on child molestation charges, claiming the prosecutors bullied and coerced witnesses, running the proceedings "as if they employed the grand jurors," The Associated Press reports. The court released the motion, filed Tuesday by attorney Robert Sanger, on Wednesday after being heavily edited by Santa Barbara County Judge Rodney Melville to remove names of witnesses and references to the specifics of the indictment, AP reports. The motion cites that the prosecutors ran the secret grand jury hearings "by innuendo and sarcasm, impugning Mr. Jackson by ridiculing those allegedly associated with him and even those who sought to legally represent him." The dismissal issue will be argued at a future hearing in Santa Maria, Calif.
UPN to debut Amish in the City
UPN and New Line Television have wrapped production on the controversial reality TV show Amish in the City and plan to debut the show at the end of this month in what Variety calls "a stealth move designed to head off potential critics." The show puts five Amish youth, who are allowed to leave their rural communities in a coming-of-age rite known as "rumspringa," and six streetwise roommates into a Hollywood Hills home and captures the culture clash on film. When UPN first announced plans for the series in January, it came under fire from TV critics and politicians, who urged the network to drop the project. UPN will air back-to-back episodes of Amish in the City from 8-10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28. The series will then air Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Brit watchdog group brands OutKast poster "irresponsible"
Britain's Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint Wednesday branding a poster for hip-hop duo Outkast's double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below as "irresponsible." According to Reuters, the group said the ad, which shows OutKast's Andre 3000 brandishing a pink, smoking gun, could be seen to glorify gun use, but rejected another claim that the poster promoted racial stereotypes. Record label BMG argued that because the gun is pink, it would be interpreted as an ironic image, but the ASA found that the color of the gun was irrelevant, and added that the fact it was smoking implied that it had been recently fired. "It's a play, it's a spoof. They're a very dramatic, flamboyant group (and) they're famous the world over for being the least gangster-posturing hip-hop group ever," BMG's press director, Paul Bursche, said.
Rapper Jadakiss faces drugs, weapons charge
Rapper Jadakiss, whose real name is Jason T. Phillips, faces misdemeanor weapons and drug charges after police in Fayetteville, N.C., discovered two concealed, loaded handguns and marijuana in his recreational vehicle, the AP reports. According to police reports, an off-duty officer stopped the RV Monday after he spotted someone throwing firecrackers from the window. Sgt. Alex Thompson told the AP the officer spotted the marijuana, which weighed less than an ounce, during a search and then asked for permission to search the vehicle. During the search, two loaded .45-caliber pistols were found under a pillow. Phillips was the only one of the eight people in the vehicle to be charged.
Ashley Judd moved by visit to Cambodia
De-Lovely star Ashley Judd was moved to tears when visiting an AIDS hospice and a museum of the "Killing Fields" genocide of the Khmer Rouge during a visit to Cambodia's capitol, Phnom Penh. "I'm very pleased that they received me and allowed me to visit with them. I'm very grateful to the people that provide their health care with such dignity," AP reports a tearful Judd said about the hospice, which was set up to give some of Cambodia's estimated 170,000 AIDS victims a place to die with dignity. Judd then stopped by the genocide museum at the Tuol Sleng interrogation center, where thousands of Cambodians were tortured by Pol Pot's regime before being executed in what were known as the "Killing Fields."
Guylaine Cadorette contributed to this report.
MTV2 has declared October "Hip-Hop Month."
Instead of its regular programming, which blends all styles of music, the music network will instead feature a wide range of video specials dedicated to hip-hop, including world premieres, artist spotlights, introspectives, and more.
The decision to dedicate an entire month to just one genre of music makes good sense, according to MTV2's general manager David Cohn.
"Hip-hop is an essential part of MTV2's programming," he said in a network press release. "And with so many strong new releases out right now--from Jay-Z to Jadakiss to DMX--October turned out to be the perfect month to celebrate hip-hop music, culture and style."