Superstar Beyonce had to wear earbuds to film the video for her song Xo at New York's Coney Island amusement park over the summer (13) in order to keep her new material under wraps. The tune features on the Crazy In Love hitmaker's new self-titled album, which she surprised fans with on 13 December (13) by releasing it, complete with music videos for each song, exclusively on iTunes.com with no prior announcement or marketing.
Beyonce took over the Brooklyn attraction to shoot the XO promo with top lensman Terry Richardson in late August (13), but instead of blasting out the track during filming, the singer had to deal with tricky earbuds as she rode the rollercoasters to maintain the secrecy of the whole project.
Speaking at a special screening of her visual album in New York on Saturday (21Dec13), she explained, "They (the earbuds) had a lot of static, and you could barely hear and I'm trying to lip sync to the lyrics.
"I could barely hear anything... And people are like, 'Hey, Beyonce!'"
The new album broke Apple records by shifting 828,773 units worldwide in just 72 hours, but Beyonce admits she had her doubts about such a daring release strategy: "I was terrified. I was so scared. I already envisioned like the worst things that could happen. I was really nervous because this was a huge risk."
However, she is proud of the album's early success, especially since it is her first studio release from her own company, Parkwood Entertainment, following her 2011 split from her manager father, Mathew Knowles.
She added, "I felt like I wanted follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire. And (to) show other women when you get to this point in your career, you don't have to go sign with someone else and share your money and your success, you can do it yourself."
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles has been accused of failing to keep up with child support payments by the mother of his son. The former music manager was ordered to pay his former mistress Alexsandra Wright $12,000 (£7,500)-a-month after a paternity test proved he is father of her child, Nixon, who was born in February, 2010.
However, Wright now claims Knowles has missed two installments.
According to California State records obtained by TMZ.com, Wright claims she has been forced to take her son out of school as she can't keep up with the fees without the child support money.
Beyonce's mother Tina filed for divorce from her husband of 29 years in 2009 just weeks after Wright submitted her paternity lawsuit.
Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles has moved on from her marriage split by striking up a romance with actor Richard Lawson. The pop superstar's mother filed for divorce from manager Mathew Knowles in 2009 after he was accused of fathering a lovechild with another woman.
They were officially divorced in 2011, and now two years later Tina has gone public with her new relationship.
The fashion designer walked the red carpet at the Angel Ball in New York City on Tuesday (29Oct13) with Lawson, best known for his roles in Poltergeist and 1980s sci-fi series V.
Beyonce has a new stepmum - her father Mathew Knowles wed girlfriend Gena Avery in Houston, Texas last weekend (30Jun13). The couple had been engaged for 18 months.
Knowles ended his 31-year marriage to Beyonce's mother Tina in 2011.
Neither the Halo singer nor her sister Solange attended the nuptials. Knowles explains, "Unfortunately, Beyonce and Solange had previous engagements which made it impossible for them to attend."
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles is taking legal action against a British newspaper over an article he alleges is "personally damaging" and full of "repeated falsehoods". The pop superstar's dad gave an interview to a journalist for The Sun and supposedly opened up about the difficulties he faced stepping down as his daughter's manager in 2011.
The article also suggested Knowles had yet to meet his granddaughter Blue Ivy, but just days after it was published in March (13), Knowles threatened to sue tabloid editors if they did not print a retraction. He claimed they made "fictitious statements" and "blatant lies" about his relationship with the Crazy in Love hitmaker.
Knowles has now filed legal papers against the newspaper, demanding unspecified damages over allegations of defamation and breach of contract.
In a statement to E! News, he writes, "My daughters and my family mean the world to me. The barrage of repeated falsehoods spawned by the British Sun's defamatory article has been exhausting and personally damaging to me.
"No matter how many papers it sells or web hits it generates, The Sun, like any newspaper, needs to maintain a basic level of journalistic integrity. The Sun crossed the line when it went after my family. The Sun needs to be held responsible for its lies in a court of law. This happens too often to too many people, and it is simply unfair."
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles is in trouble with U.S. officials after allegedly failing to hand over more than $1.2 million (£774,193) in taxes. Bosses at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have filed a tax lien against the music mogul in relation to unpaid bills from 2010 and 2011.
Knowles, who stepped down as his daughter's manager in 2011, is alleged to owe $485,575 (£313,274) from 2010 and $728,004 (£469,680) from the following year, according to documents obtained by TMZ.com.
Widening the thematic scope without sacrificing too much of the claustrophobia that made the original 1979 Alien universally spooky Prometheus takes the trophy for this summer's most adult-oriented blockbuster entertainment. The movie will leave your mouth agape for its entire runtime first with its majestic exploration of an alien planet and conjectures on the origins of the human race second with its gross-out body horror that leaves no spilled gut to the imagination. Thin characters feel more like pawns in Scott's sci-fi prequel but stunning visuals shocking turns and grand questions more than make up for the shallow ensemble. "Epic" comes in many forms. Prometheus sports all of them.
Based on their discovery of a series of cave drawings all sharing a similar painted design Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green) are recruited by Weyland to head a mission to another planet one they believe holds the answers to the creation of life on Earth. Along for the journey are Vickers (Charlize Theron) the ruthless Weyland proxy Janek (Idris Elba) a blue collar captain a slew of faceless scientists and David (Michael Fassbender) HAL 9000-esque resident android who awakens the crew of spaceship Prometheus when they arrive to their destination. Immediately upon descent there's a discovery: a giant mound that's anything but natural. The crew immediately prepares to scope out the scene zipping up high-tech spacesuits jumping in futuristic humvees and heading out to the site. What they discover are the awe-inspiring creations of another race. What they bring back to the ship is what they realize may kill their own.
The first half of Prometheus could be easily mistaken for Steven Spielberg's Alien a sense of wonder glowing from every frame not too unlike Close Encounters. Scott takes full advantage of his fictional settings and imbues them with a reality that makes them even more tantalizing. He shoots the vistas of space and the alien planet like National Geographic porn and savors the interior moments on board the Prometheus full of hologram maps sleeping pods and do-it-yourself surgery modules with the same attention. Prometheus is beautiful shot in immersive 3D that never dampers Dariusz Wolski's sharp photography. Scott's direction seems less interested in the run-or-die scenario set up in the latter half of the film but the film maintains tension and mood from beginning to end. It all just gets a bit…bloodier.
Jon Spaihts' and Damon Lindelof's script doesn't do the performers any favors shuffling them to and fro between the ship and the alien construction without much room for development. Reveals are shoehorned in without much setup (one involving Theron's Vickers that's shockingly mishandled) but for the most part the ensemble is ready to chomp into the script's bigger picture conceits. Rapace is a physical performer capable of pulling off a grisly scene involving an alien some sharp objects and a painful procedure (sure to be the scene of the blockbuster season. Among the rest of the crew Fassbender's David stands out as the film's revelatory performance delivering a digestible ambiguity to his mechanical man that playfully toys with expectations from his first entrance. The creature effects in Prometheus will wow you but even Fassbender's smallest gesture can send the mind spinning. The power of his smile packs more of a punch than any facehugger.
Much like Lindelof's Lost Prometheus aims to explore the idea of asking questions and seeking answers and on Scott's scale it's a tremendous unexpected ride. A few ideas introduced to spur action fall to the way side in the logic department but with a clear mission and end point Prometheus works as a sweeping sci-fi that doesn't require choppy editing or endless explosions to keep us on the edge of our seats. Prometheus isn't too far off from the Alien xenomorphs: born from existing DNA of another creature the movie breaks out as its own beast. And it's wilder than ever.
Now here's something I would love to see. Everyone is waiting with baited breath to see what kind of Tom foolery will occur during the Charlie Sheen roast Comedy Central event and I think they just found their ace in the hole: Denise Richards. A source claims that, "Producers are dying to get her confirmed for the Charlie Sheen roast...it would be amazing television!" It would indeed -- I'm thinking Judge Judy meets Jerry Springer. The source adds, "She's interested. Denise has a terrific sense of humor." Richards does have a lot of ammo she could use on the former Two and a Half Men star since she's gotten a front row seat to all his crazy antics since their marriage in 2002. - US
After Matt Bellamy tweeted that he and soon-to-be wife, Kate Hudson, decided to name their newborn baby boy Bingham 'Bing' Hawn Bellamy, people all over the world have wanted to know one thing -- whyyy?! As if sensing all the shock and, let's be honest, judgment about the name choice, Bellamy took to Twitter again and explained, "For those wondering, Bingham is my mum's maiden name...Bing Russell was also Kurt [Russell's] dad. Family connections all around!" Well alright, at least there's a little method to the madness. - Jezebel
Mathew Knowles is insisting that he still has an amicable relationship with his daughter Beyonce even after she dumped him as her manager two months ago. Mr. Knowles claims that people close to her have tried to destroy his reputation with allegations that he stole from her. The Single Ladies father stated in an interview on Thursday that, "We absolutely have not taken any money from Beyonce, and all dollars will be accounted for." Knowles guided his daughter's career since she was child, starting with when she became part of the ever-so-popular group Destiny's Child, and then as she continued with her growing solo career. When the singer announced the news in May she said that at almost 30, she was ready to take control of her own affairs. Yes, I'd say it's about time to cut the cord. - Huffington Post
Charlie Sheen is still planning on going on tour, but he's having a major problem: he's having a hard time making hotel reservations at some of America's most prestigious hotels. NOW. Of course this is a problem he's having! He's set to kick off his "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour this week in NYC, and he's been told he's not welcome in The Plaza, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Trump Soho. CAN HE STAY WITH YOUUUUU??? - Monsters and Critics
HUNDREDS of inappropriate photographs of Christina Aguilera have surfaced, and among them are: pictures of her partying at Nicole Richie's bachelorette party with her boyfriend, Matt Rutler, where they are "kissing passionately," and others have her enjoying the company of two naked strippers, mimicking oral sex with a guy holding a sex toy, dancing on a table, and mimicking oral sex again (because it's so new, right?) with a chocolate covered banana at a theme park. - Radar
Beyoncé's father, Mathew Knowles, is no longer her manager. In a statement Beyoncé made to the Associated Press, she said "I am grateful for everything he has taught me. I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps. He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly." No particular reason was given for why they parted ways, but it doesn't really even matter. She fired her dad! - People
Top Story: Ice Cube Takes xXx Reins
While it was forgone that Sony-based Revolution Studios would go ahead with a xXx sequel, no one could have foreseen it happening without star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen. But while Diesel and Cohen have decided to opt out of xXx2 (they will remain executive producers), the studio is hardly trading down with its spy actioner: Revolution has hired rapper Ice Cube as the star and Die Another Day helmer Lee Tamahori as director. According to Variety, Cube will play a new character who is recruited by the National Security Agency to become an "Triple X" agent, referring to a three-strikes rule the agency uses to give criminals the option of joining the crime-fighting force or going to prison for good. Tamahori is set to begin production on xXx2, which will be largely set in Washington, D.C., in summer 2004 for a 2005 bow. This is the second time Diesel and Cohen have opted out of a sequel to a franchise they launched, following Universal Pictures' The Fast and the Furious.
New York Film Fest Kicks Off
Clint Eastwood's psychological crime thriller Mystic River premiered Friday at the 41st New York Film Festival, which will feature 24 films and three special events during its 17-day run. According to Reuters, the highlights of the festival include The Fog of War, a cinematic dialogue between filmmaker Errol Morris and former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Gus Van Sant 's Elephant, about high school gun violence, and the Nicole Kidman starrer Dogville, which shreds the myth of American small town innocence. The festival wraps Sunday, Oct. 19 with 21 Grams an English-language film directed by Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro.
Beyoncé Knowles' Dad Sells Music Company
Beyoncé Knowles' father has sold his music management company, Music World Entertainment, to the London-based music group Sanctuary for $10 million, the AP reports. The company has managed artists including Destiny's Child, Beyoncé, her sister Solange Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Under the agreement, Mathew Knowles, who will stay headquartered in Houston, will work at Sanctuary for at least five years as president of its urban and gospel division and will continue to manage his roster of artists. In buying Music World Entertainment, Sanctuary brings to its management stable two of the biggest acts in pop music, Beyoncé and Destiny's Child.
Winery Features Jerry Garcia's Artwork
The memory of Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia will be immortalized with his own signature wine. The AP reports the Clos du Bois winery is launching J. Garcia wines, which will feature Garcia's artwork, including the abstract creations that have already adorned T-shirts and neckties, on its labels. The initial release consists of 50,000 cases of 2002 Sonoma County chardonnay, 2000 Sonoma County merlot and 2000 Sonoma County cabernet sauvignon, with a zinfandel due out later this year. Members of Garcia's estate say the singer enjoyed drinking Clos du Bois wine and approached the winery about putting his artwork on its bottles. Garcia, who died of a heart attack in 1995, attended high school near this Sonoma County town.
Role Call: Jonze and Kaufman Team Up for Horror, Bryan Barber To Helm Holy War
Director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the duo behind Adaptation, are channeling their talents to the horror genre. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures is hammering out deals for the duo to collaborate on a closely guarded, untitled horror film, which they will also produce ... Music video director Bryan Barber, who helmed the OutKast clip "The Whole World," is in negotiations to make his feature directing debut with the church comedy Holy War for Artisan Entertainment. According to The Reporter, the project centers on a rivalry between two preaching cousins, which comes to a head when they start competing for the loyalty of a new female parishioner with a great singing voice.