Singer Jessica Simpson has shared a home video which shows her performing in a high school production of A Chorus Line as a teenager. The star described the YouTube.com clip as "The ultimate throwback".
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has split from her soccer star boyfriend, according to a U.K. report. The former N-Dubz star began dating Danny Simpson in November (12) and they cemented their relationship in February (13) by getting matching tattoos.
However, the romance has now come to an end, reports Britain's The Sun.
A source tells the publication, "Tulisa and Danny have been having problems for a while now and have been arguing a lot. They have been trying to work things out but Tulisa decided she'd had enough and didn't want to fight for the relationship any more. It's 100 per cent over. It's an amicable split with no hard feelings."
In a desperate attempt to regain her relevancy, 2007's Diva of the Year Paris Hilton signed a record deal with Lil Wayne's Cash Money Records. Birdman, Cash Money's CEO, confirmed the news in a tweet: "Welcome@ParisHilton to tha Family.RichgangRichgirl.YMCMB."
“This is a lot different than my first album," Hilton told Showbiz 411. "It’s really going to be house music.”
Hilton will be joining Nicki Minaj and Drake at Cash Money, so we're hoping her house album will feature some fresh verses — what ryhmes with "spoiled"?
Needless to say, we aren't the only ones scratching our heads at the news. Here's what the Twitterverse has to say about it:
Just heard Paris Hilton is releasing an album. RIP music (1400 B.C. - 2013†)
— Zedd (@Zedd) May 22, 2013
If Paris Hilton can get a record deal anything in life is possible.
— Young Roach(@ILoveYoungRoach) May 23, 2013
There is no longer a need for the cruciatus curse, Paris Hilton is releasing new music.
— The Dark Lord (@Lord_Voldemort7) May 23, 2013
I'm excited about Paris Hilton's new album. Finally the Death Star has a good enough reason to destroy Earth.
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) May 23, 2013
Paris Hilton has a recording contract. Thousands of brilliant artists do not. Well played, Satan.
— Lou Brutus (@LouBrutus) May 23, 2013
And then... there's this guy:
Don't know what you guys are on about I loved Paris Hilton's first album.
— Archie (@stfuarchie) May 23, 2013
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O.J. Simpson's former lawyer Yale Galanter has denied authorising the incarcerated star's 2007 raid on two memorabilia dealers' Las Vegas hotel room, insisting he advised against the risky heist on the eve of the crime. At a hearing on Wednesday (15May13), the former footballer-turned-actor told Clark County District Court officials that he had asked Galanter for his legal opinion before staging an act to retrieve items he believed had been stolen from him.
Simpson said, "I followed what I thought was the law. My lawyer told me I couldn't break into a guy's room. I didn't break into anybody's room. I didn't try to muscle the guys. The guys had my stuff, even though they claimed they didn't steal it."
He and a group of acquaintances were arrested and Simpson was convicted for kidnapping and armed robbery, for which he is currently serving nine to 33 years behind bars.
Simpson is now appealing for the right to a retrial on the grounds that Galanter was incompetent in his handling of the case, and the attorney took the witness stand on Friday (17May13).
During his testimony, Galanter claimed his former client had mentioned the heist plan to him at dinner the night before the incident, and he had warned the sportsman to call the authorities and ask them to sort out the problem.
He said, "When he first mentioned it, it just went over my head. About a minute or two later, I leaned over and said, 'What are you talking about? What are you doing?'
"He told me he finally had a lead on some personal pictures and memorabilia that was stolen from him years earlier. I said, 'O.J., you've got to call the police.'"
Galanter also testified that Simpson was well aware that two of his companions were carrying guns during the heist - claims the embattled star has denied.
The lawyer recalled speaking to Simpson after his arrest: "He said, 'The other guys had guns and I didn't...' He knew he screwed up."
District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell will rule on the retrial request after a week of testimonies.
O.J. Simpson was acting on the advice of his former lawyer in 2007 when he was arrested for kidnapping and armed robbery as he attempted to retrieve his sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room, a court has heard. The former footballer-turned-actor made the claim in Clark County District Court on Wednesday (15May13) as part of his bid for an appeal against his 2008 conviction for masterminding the heist on two memorabilia dealers.
He alleges his then-attorney, Yale Galanter, was incompetent and is seeking a retrial to overturn the nine to 33 year sentence he is currently serving for the crimes.
Simpson, who did not testify in his original case, took the witness stand on Wednesday to share his side of the story, revealing that he had sought legal advice from Galanter before taking action to make sure that he was not breaking any laws.
He explained, "It was my stuff. I followed what I thought was the law. My lawyer told me I couldn't break into a guy's room. I didn't break into anybody's room. I didn't try to muscle the guys. The guys had my stuff, even though they claimed they didn't steal it."
Simpson struggled to maintain his composure as he recalled the items that he thought had been illegally taken from him: "Look at this stuff. Some of the stuff I didn't really realise was gone. These were things I hadn't seen in 10 years. You know, you get a little emotional about it."
Simpson's appearance on the witness stand came a day after Galanter's former co-counsel, Gabriel Grasso, admitted they lacked the funds to launch a comprehensive defence case against the charges their client faced.
Grasso also claimed that Galanter had mentioned plans to discuss a possible plea deal with Simpson - but the chat never took place and their infamous defendant had no idea prosecutors had made him any kind of offer.
The case continues.
Actress Jacqueline Brookes has lost her battle with cancer at the age of 82. She died of lymphoma in Manhattan on 26 April (13), according to the New York Times.
Born in New Jersey, she graduated from Iowa University and studied for two years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
Brookes first found fame on stage in 1963 after winning an Obie Award for her Off-Broadway performance in Six Characters in Search of an Author and she later starred in a number of popular U.S. TV shows, such as Miami Vice, Law & Order, and As the World Turns.
Her other credits include movie roles in The Gambler alongside James Caan, Losing Isaiah with Halle Berry and The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear, featuring Priscilla Presley and O.J. Simpson.
In 1974 she began teaching at the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York, where she worked until her death.
O.J. Simpson has been given a big boost as he fights for a retrial after his former lawyer's co-counsel revealed in court that they lacked the funds to launch a comprehensive defence case against the kidnapping and armed robbery conviction he is currently serving time for. The former sportsman-turned-actor is challenging the nine to 33 year sentence he received following his 2008 conviction for masterminding a heist on two sports memorabilia dealers' hotel room in Las Vegas in 2007.
He previously lost an appeal against his conviction, but filed new legal papers last year (12) requesting a retrial over allegations his former lawyer, Yale Galanter, was incompetent.
The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult star appeared in Nevada's Clark County District Court on Monday (13May13) for the start of a five-day hearing to argue his case, and on Tuesday (14May13), the court heard surprising testimony from Galanter's former pal and colleague, Gabriel Grasso.
The witness claimed that Galanter had often complained about the financial shortfall, which reportedly prevented him from hiring experts to analyze a key audio recording from the night of the big heist - evidence which Grasso himself confessed to reviewing while attending his son's soccer game.
During the testimony, Grasso also alleged that Galanter had mentioned plans to discuss a possible plea deal with Simpson - but the chat never took place and their infamous defendant had no idea prosecutors had made him any kind of offer.
Simpson, who appeared to be hiding a heavier frame under his blue jumpsuit, is expected to take the witness stand on Friday (17May13).
Under the terms of his current sentence, the 65 year old won't qualify for parole until 2018.
The case continues.
Imprisoned sportsman-turned-actor O.J. Simpson will take the stand in a Las Vegas court this week (begs13May13) in a bid to convince a judge to grant him a retrial over his conviction for kidnapping and armed robbery. The former American footballer was sentenced to nine to 33 years behind bars following his 2008 conviction for masterminding a heist on two sports memorabilia dealers' hotel room in Sin City in 2007.
He previously lost an appeal against his conviction, but filed new legal papers last year (12) requesting a retrial over allegations he was badly represented by his former Florida-based lawyer, Yale Galanter.
Simpson, 65, will appear in Clark County District Court on Monday (13May13) for the start of a five-day hearing to argue his case, in which the Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult star is expected to take the stand to testify against his ex-legal team.
Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson has died while training to compete in this year's America's Cup. The gold medallist drowned in San Francisco Bay, off the coast of California, after his catamaran capsized on Thursday (09May13).
San Francisco Fire Department officials have confirmed the Brit is dead and a teammate was left with serious injuries.
Both men were brought ashore and taken to the St. Francis Yacht Club, where paramedics performed CPR on Simpson. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
It is not clear what caused the Artemis Racing catamaran to capsize.
The 34th annual America's Cup begins in September (13).