Lil Kim's former business manager is suing the rapper for millions in lost revenue following an alleged series of failed deals. Andrew Ro claims his former client's past behaviour has cost his company, International Rock Star Corp, a fortune in endorsement opportunities.
He claims he struck a licensing deal with Lil Kim last year (12) and put in place plans to help her launch a range of products, including a perfume line, vodka drink and a Steve Madden shoe collection, but all the ideas went south when the rap star failed to attend project meetings - unless she was being paid to be there, and then refused to promote the product.
In papers obtained by TMZ.com, Ro claims his former client fired off a cease and desist letter regarding future projects after cutting ties with him, but now he's coming after her, stating her antics cost his company $15 million (£9.4 million).
Paris Hilton has wedding bells ringing in her ears again after declaring she wants to settle down with her model beau River Viiperi and have kids. The 32-year-old former party girl insists her priorities have changed and now she wants to map out a life with her toy boy lover, who is 11 years younger than her.
In a TV interview for America's The Wendy Williams Show in New York, Hilton says, "I think that's every woman's dream. I think that's the meaning of life to have children and have a family one day."
And confessing she is "madly in love" with her model man, the reality TV star adds, "I feel so lucky to have met him. He's one of the kindest, most loyal men I've ever met in my entire life, and he treats me like a princess.
"He's the most beautiful man I've ever seen in my life."
But Viiperi needn't get his hopes too high - Hilton also cooed about former lovers Doug Reinhardt, Benji Madden and shipping heir Paris Latsis, who was briefly engaged to the socialite.
The glass shoe fits for Downton Abbey star Lily James - the Brit will play Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh's upcoming movie adaptation of the classic fairytale. The 24 year old, who plays flighty Lady Rose MacClare on the hit period drama, has beaten out the likes of Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Dark Shadows beauty Bella Heathcote for the part of the Disney princess in the live-action remake, which is set to be released in 2014.
Actress Cate Blanchett will portray her evil stepmother, while Game of Thrones hunk Richard Madden is in talks to play Prince Charming.
Branagh will start shooting in London later this year (13).
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, Roxy Music legend Brian Eno and rocker Joe Perry are among the stars who have offered tributes to singer Chrissy Amphlett following her death on Sunday (21Apr13). The former Divinyls frontwoman passed away at her home in New York City after a long battle with multiple sclerosis and breast cancer, and her loss has prompted an outpouring of messages from her famous friends and fans.
Crowe appeared on stage with Amphlett in a 1988 Australian production of Willy Russell's musical Blood Brothers, and he recalled the last time he saw his friend during a meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "RIP Chrissie Amphlett (sic), played my mum in Blood Brothers,1988... Dear Chrissie (sic), The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."
Eno adds, "RIP Chrissy Amphlett, lead vocalist with The Divinyls" while Madden writes, "Much love, respect & wishes for Chrissy Amphlett. Sending my heart out to your friends & family. A very beautiful soul. Rest in Peace."
Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes adds, "RIP my dear friend Chrissie (sic) love you and will miss you," and Aerosmith star Perry writes, "To family and fans my condolences go out to Chrissy Amplett (sic) of Australia's rock band the Divinyals (sic)."
Fellow Australian singer, Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas, mourned the loss of a music icon, adding, "Just heard the news Australian female musical icon Chrissy Amphlett lost her battle with cancer today. I feel blessed to have met such a strong, fierce female, who paved the way for bada** rock & roll everywhere, forever. RIP."
Another Australian pop star, Delta Goodrem, adds, "Australia has lost one of its great voices with the passing of Chrissy Amphlett, much respect."
Aussie music mogul Ian 'Molly' Meldrum was a longtime friend of Amphlett and her drummer husband Charley Drayton and he has also expressed his grief following her passing. He says, "It's devastating news. I absolutely adored her. Right at the start of her career with the Divinyls she also terrified me... We became good friends... I was friends with her mother as well. Chrissy was just such a wonderful person and so, so talented. It's incredibly sad news."
"I'm not for every woman, you know. Because a lot of women - I mean, obviously, your first thing is, 'What do you want your guy to look like?' And I'm not the tall, dark, handsome guy. But I think (you like me) once you get to know me - like how I got Nicole... I don't think I'm the obvious choice. I'm always like, 'Just give me a shot. Just give me one date.' If I can get my foot in the door..." Tattooed rocker Joel Madden had to pester his now-wife Nicole Richie for a first date back in 2006. The couple wed in 2010 and has a three-year-old son, Sparrow, and a five-year-old daughter, Harlow.
David Mitchell's novel Cloud Atlas consists of six stories set in various periods between 1850 and a time far into Earth's post-apocalyptic future. Each segment lives on its own the previous first person account picked up and read by a character in its successor creating connective tissue between each moment in time. The various stories remain intact for Tom Tykwer's (Run Lola Run) Lana Wachowski's and Andy Wachowski's (The Matrix) film adaptation which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. The massive change comes from the interweaving of the book's parts into one three-hour saga — a move that elevates the material and transforms Cloud Atlas in to a work of epic proportions.
Don't be turned off by the runtime — Cloud Atlas moves at lightning pace as it cuts back and forth between its various threads: an American notary sailing the Pacific; a budding musician tasked with transcribing the hummings of an accomplished 1930's composer; a '70s-era investigatory journalist who uncovers a nefarious plot tied to the local nuclear power plant; a book publisher in 2012 who goes on the run from gangsters only to be incarcerated in a nursing home; Sonmi~451 a clone in Neo Seoul who takes on the oppressive government that enslaves her; and a primitive human from the future who teams with one of the few remaining technologically-advanced Earthlings in order to survive. Dense but so was the unfamiliar world of The Matrix. Cloud Atlas has more moving parts than the Wachowskis' seminal sci-fi flick but with additional ambition to boot. Every second is a sight to behold.
The members of the directing trio are known for their visual prowess but Cloud Atlas is a movie about juxtaposition. The art of editing is normally a seamless one — unless someone is really into the craft the cutting of a film is rarely a post-viewing talking point — but Cloud Atlas turns the editor into one of the cast members an obvious player who ties the film together with brilliant cross-cutting and overlapping dialogue. Timothy Cavendish the elderly publisher could be musing on his need to escape and the film will wander to the events of Sonmi~451 or the tortured music apprentice Robert Frobisher also feeling the impulse to run. The details of each world seep into one another but the real joy comes from watching each carefully selected scene fall into place. You never feel lost in Cloud Atlas even when Tykwer and the Wachowskis have infused three action sequences — a gritty car chase in the '70s a kinetic chase through Neo Seoul and a foot race through the forests of future millennia — into one extended set piece. This is a unified film with distinct parts echoing the themes of human interconnectivity.
The biggest treat is watching Cloud Atlas' ensemble tackle the diverse array of characters sprinkled into the stories. No film in recent memory has afforded a cast this type of opportunity yet another form of juxtaposition that wows. Within a few seconds Tom Hanks will go from near-neanderthal to British gangster to wily 19th century doctor. Halle Berry Hugh Grant Jim Sturgess Jim Broadbent Ben Whishaw Hugo Weaving and Susan Sarandon play the same game taking on roles of different sexes races and the like. (Weaving as an evil nurse returning to his Priscilla Queen of the Desert cross-dressing roots is mind-blowing.) The cast's dedication to inhabiting their roles on every level helps us quickly understand the worlds. We know it's Halle Berry behind the fair skinned wife of the lunatic composer but she's never playing Halle Berry. Even when the actors are playing variations on themselves they're glowing with the film's overall epic feel. Jim Broadbent's wickedly funny modern segment a Tykwer creation that packs a particularly German sense of humor is on a smaller scale than the rest of the film but the actor never dials it down. Every story character and scene in Cloud Atlas commits to a style. That diversity keeps the swirling maelstrom of a movie in check.
Cloud Atlas poses big questions without losing track of its human element the characters at the heart of each story. A slower moment or two may have helped the Wachowskis' and Tykwer's film to hit a powerful emotional chord but the finished product still proves mainstream movies can ask questions while laying over explosive action scenes. This year there won't be a bigger movie in terms of scope in terms of ideas and in terms of heart than Cloud Atlas.
"Getting a new dog today. He lays around w (with) a boner (erection) & scratches himself all day long... so I guess I'm getting a second husband." Socialite and fashion designer Nicole Richie jokingly compares her new pet pooch to her rocker husband Joel Madden.
The Black Keys, actress Elisabeth Rohm and TV stars Whitney Port and Maria Menounos were also transformed into members of the undead for the campaign in aid of the American Red Cross.
Bosses of hit AMC show The Walking Dead teamed up with the organisation to create the creepy shoot, which aims to raise awareness of the need for blood donations in America.
All of the stars were given their makeovers by the programme's special effects make-up guru Greg Nicotero.
A 3.2-magnitude tremor struck close to Beverly Hills around 3.30am local time, waking many local residents and setting off car and building alarms across the city.
A number of stars took to Twitter.com after the quake hit to tell followers about the drama, with Michael Jackson's daughter Paris revealing she was so frightened, she ran into her younger brother's bedroom.
She writes, "Yup... I toootally (sic) got up screaming and ran to Blanket's room because of the earthquake... Yeah a 10 year old is gonna protect me!! hahaha."
British rocker James Bourne is staying in L.A. with his friend, McFly star Danny Jones, and he admits the pair ran into the street when they felt the tremor: "For real earthquake me an (and) (Danny Mcfly) ran outside it was scary. That was preettttyy (sic) scary."
Actress Emmy Rossum adds, "Earthquake. Well THAT woke me up! My whole bed shook. Everyone okay?"
Many other stars simply complained about having been woken up - Twilight star Ashley Greene writes, "Way to ruin a perfectly good night's sleep. Super rude earthquake," Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden writes, "Earthquake wake up never gets old," and Glee's Chris Colfer adds, "3.2? 4.1? 3.3? Even the earthquakes get mixed reviews in Los Angeles. Shaken Not Stirred."
However, Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am was not fazed by the quake - he was awake and busy in his studio recording music for Nicole Scherzinger. In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "There was a earthquake (sic) in L.A. just 1 min ago... If (it) wasn't... it was the beat I'm making in the studio for (Nicole Scherzinger)."
The fashion designer daughter of singer Lionel Richie will launch the perfume in U.S. department and speciality stores in September (12) and the stylist, who is married to rocker Joel Madden, reveals she sought product inspiration from her mum.
She tells fashion publication Women's Wear Daily, "I have a very traditional Southern mum - you never left the house without lotion... Over her lotion went oil and perfume - she was very put together from head to toe. It wasn't just a one-dimensional smell - there were many different layers."
And the 30 year old insists she designed everything herself - right down to the packaging.
She adds, "I am very particular in the way that I create. We are in an interesting time right now where women aren't just one thing, there are many different parts to a woman. So I wanted to create a very intricate bottle that was still elegant, but not so in-your-face girly at the same time."
Nicole will include a variety of scents from blackberry to vanilla, with prices starting at $55 (£34).