Hip-hop icon Dr. Dre surprised graduating students at the University of Southern California on Friday (17May13) by making an unannounced appearance at their commencement ceremony. The Still D.R.E. hitmaker's pal and business partner, Interscope Records boss Jimmy Iovine, delivered the commencement speech to the class of 2013 after receiving his own honorary degree, and he had a special guest join him onstage to celebrate.
Introducing Dre, Iovine said, "Walking around USC today, it seems like everyone's a doctor, which is funny 'cause I brought my partner here today, who also happens to be a doctor. So, in the words of the great Slim Shady (Eminem), will the real Dr. Dre please stand up and join me on stage?"
Stepping up to the podium, the rapper referenced the school's athletic teams as he told the students: "I am excited and I am proud to now be a member of the Trojan family. I would also like to say congratulations to the University of Southern California's Class of 2013."
Dre and Iovine's appearance at the USC graduation came just days after they announced plans to donate $70 million (£45 million) to the school to fund the establishment of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which will provide four-year programs for students starting next year (14).
Music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have teamed up to donate $70 million (£45 million) to a California university to fund a new academy. The hip-hop star, whose real name is Andre Young, and record label executive Iovine have handed the huge sum to bosses at the University of Southern California.
The donation will help build the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, which will provide four-year programs for students, starting next year (14).
A statement from the university's President C. L. Max Nikias reads, "The vision and generosity of Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young will profoundly influence the way all of us perceive and experience artistic media. We are committed to encouraging our students to use their intellectual and creative resources to effect change in all segments of society. Our goal is to ensure that the academy is the most collaborative educational program in the world."
You pick up the newspaper (or iPad version of the Times because we live in the future now) the day after the Kentucky Derby and read the name of the winner. More often than not, it sounds like something a royally wasted guy in a nightclub might yell to his friends. "Mine That Bird! Thunder Gulch!" he might wail as he trips over his own knock-off Armani loafers. Perhaps, in the cab on the way home, he yelps "Gato Del Sol! Dust Commander!"
But, when you think about it, who's to say whether those names belong to prize-winning steeds or the latest offspring of Hollywood's starry-eyed (and sometimes loopy) elite? I mean, we're all fawning over a baby who goes by Blue Ivy Carter these days. How different could these names be? Not very, it turns out.
In anticipation of Saturday's most exciting two minutes in sports, we've decided to test your skills. Which of the names below are horses and which ones are celebrity babies? (Answers below. You're going to need them.)
And we're off!
1. Rainbow Aurora
2. Golden Soul
3. Governor Charlie
4. Bluebell Madonna
5. Indian August
6. Falling Sky
7. Black Onyx
8. Seven Sirius
9. Diva Thin Muffin
10. Charming Kitten
Let's take a quick break of disbelief before continuing on to the back 10.
11. Buddy Bear
12. Midnight Lucky
13. Alabama Gypsy Rose
16. Tu Morrow
17. Code West
18. Palace Malice
19. Moxie Crimefighter
20. Normandy Invasion
Feeling a little confused?
It's okay. I made this list and I can't even remember who's who.
Or maybe, you think you've got it all sorted out and you're wagging your head at the rest of us mouth-breathing simpletons. Alright, smartypants, compare your responses to the answers below and see how you fared.
1. Rainbow Aurora — CELEB KID (daughter of Holly Madison)2. Golden Soul — HORSE3. Governor Charlie — HORSE4. Bluebell Madonna — CELEB KID (daughter of Spice Girl Geri Haliwell)5. Indian August – CELEB KID (daughter of Casey Affleck)6. Falling Sky — HORSE7. Black Onyx – HORSE8. Seven Sirius — CELEB KID (son of Erykah Badu and Andre 3000)9. Diva Thin Muffin — CELEB KID (daughter of Frank Zappa)10. Charming Kitten — HORSE11. Buddy Bear — CELEB KID (son of celeb chef Jamie Oliver)12. Midnight Lucky — HORSE13. Alabama Gypsy Rose — CELEB KID (daughter of Drea De Matteo)14. Free — CELEB KID (daughter of Barbara Hershey and David Carradine)15. Orb — HORSE16. Tu Morrow — CELEB KID (daughter of actor Rob Morrow)17. Code West — HORSE (even if it sounds like Kanye West's future offspring)18. Palace Malice — HORSE19. Moxie Crimefighter — CELEB KID (daughter of comedian Penn Jillete, from Penn and Teller)20. Normandy Invasion — HORSE
Bonus Points if you knew that Mine That Bird, Thunder Gulch, Gato Del Sol, and Dust Commander were derby winners from 2009, 1995, 1982, And 1970.
How'd you do?
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Dutch violinist and composer Andre Rieu has cancelled a promotional trip to Australia after falling sick. The 63 year old had planned to jet Down Under next week (beg06May13) to promote his latest album in Sydney and Melbourne, but he has now been ordered to stay at home to recover from a mystery illness.
In a statement, he says, "Australia is like my second home... I am so very disappointed that I am unable to visit my wonderful fans in Sydney and Melbourne as promised. I am resting on doctor's orders, and looking forward to seeing you all very soon."
Rieu, who is due to tour in Australia later this year (13), previously scrapped concerts in the country in 2010 after he was struck down with a viral infection.
Gwyneth Paltrow was left squirming with embarrassment during a recent appearance on U.S. TV show Chelsea Lately when she was reminded of her oral sex advice to a troubled pal. Host Chelsea Handler recalled overhearing the actress' words of wisdom to a fellow guest at a dinner party who had been rowing with her husband.
The comedienne said, "She's (Paltrow) an amazing advice giver. One of our friends was like, 'I got into a big fight with my husband and I went home, I started to scream and yell...' and you were like, 'Whatever you're doing, do the opposite; if you feel angry go at him (husband) with love and you give him a b**w job'."
Stunned Paltrow giggled and hid her face in her hands and responded, "Oh my God, what if my mother sees this show?"
But Handler said, "People need to know you're like that, because you are... You are a good advice giver."
Living up to her reputation, the actress then advised Handler to see a doctor after recalling a recent chat with her boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs, during which he revealed the absent-minded comedienne had accidentally driven her gardener's car to work.
Handler joked, "You know what, I'll go to your neurologist. You have a doctor for everything... Whatever you're doing is working out."
Superproducer Mark Ronson has defended Beyonce's version of Amy Winehouse's hit Back To Black, insisting he feels "flattered and honoured" by the cover. Beyonce teamed up with rapper Andre 3000 to re-record the 2007 track for Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie The Great Gatsby, but Winehouse's father Mitch was unimpressed by their collaboration, tweeting, "I just heard the Andre part of Back to Black. Terrible. He should have let Beyonce do it all."
He also told Britain's Daily Mail, "I don't think she brings anything to it... They have got to pay for the privilege (to cover the song), which is what they are doing. I can't tell you how much it is but it's a lot of money."
However, Ronson, who produced and co-wrote the original version, is full of praise for Beyonce's Back to Black and even played it on his East Village Radio show on Friday (26Apr13).
He said, "I'm flattered and honoured. I know Amy would be too."
Morbid though it may be, we are drawn to tragic figures. The most captivating individuals are the ones who have suffered, who have exemplified controversial and volatile lifestyles. Amy Winehouse, as talented a singer and songwriter as she was, is remembered as a character drenched in tragedy, with her history of substance and alcohol abuse leading ultimately to her untimely death at the age of 27 in 2011. As such, we learn now via The Guardian that Asif Kapadia, a filmmaker in no way unfamiliar with tragic stories, is moving forward with a documentary about Winehouse's life.
Kapadia's most revered work to date is his 2010 doc Senna, a film about the Brazilian Formula 1 racecar driving champion Ayrton Senna, who died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
But London-born Winehouse is also a subject of intrigue due to her insurmountable talent. The victor of six Grammys and a number of other awards for her musical output, Winehouse's creativity and passion earned her acclaim and fandom for her many years in the spotlight.
Kapadia and his producer James Gay-Rees released the following statement regarding the subject of their forthcoming documentary: "Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention. She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle."
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Australian pop star Peter Andre has signed up to host a home makeover show in the U.K. The Mysterious Girl hitmaker will oversee a team of interior designers as they travel around Britain transforming properties in the 30-episode series for the ITV network, entitled Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover.
Andre says, "I am delighted to be the new presenter of Peter Andre's 60 Minute Makeover. I love these sort of shows and although this is a completely different experience for me, it is a much loved show and I am hoping to bring a new twist... to it. I love working in television, so this is a great new challenge for me."
The singer is a well-known face on British TV - he has starred in several seasons of his own fly-on-the-wall reality series and presented 2012 dating show Peter Andre's Bad Boyfriend Club.
"Over the Love", the song contributed by Florence + the Machine for the anticipated and eclectic soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's 3D big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's literary classic The Great Gatsby, is pretty much everything you'd expect from them for this particular musical/movie endeavor. It's moody, melodic, and Florence Welch sings lyrics like "I can see the great light, I can see it in your eyes" in that way that particularly hauntingly sexy way only Florence Welch can. (Well, okay, maybe Annie Lennox could). You can listen to the full song — which was heard previously in snippets in the trailer — courtesy of GQ.
No matter how you feel about Luhrmann's frantic filmmaking aesthetic, you've got to admit the guy knows how to put together a killer soundtrack, and The Great Gatsby is shaping up to be no exception to the rule. In addition to the window-rattling Florence + the Machine sweeping pop number, the Jay-Z executive-produced album will also featured the eclectic likes of Gotye, The xx, Jack White, Sia, and will.i.am. While you can listen to the Florence + the Machine (and you should, considering they have previously given some serious soundtrack cred to the likes of Eat, Pray, Love and Sex and the City) tune in full, you can get a taste of the rest of the record in the sampler below:
The Great Gatsby hits theaters on May 10, but the soundtrack will be released on May 7.
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Sir Ben Kingsley, Nicole Scherzinger and late martial arts legend Bruce Lee were honoured at the third annual Asian Awards in London on Tuesday (16Apr13). The Ghandi star, born Krishna Pandit Bhanji to a Gujarati father and British mother, was handed the prestigious Fellowship Award in recognition of his long career, while former Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger was feted with the Music Award, and Lee was posthumously honoured for his impact on western cinema with the Founders Award.
The star-studded ceremony celebrates talented and ground-breaking individuals from the Asian community and was attended by British Royal Princess Michael of Kent, Australian singer Peter Andre and Bollywood star Anupam Kher, who was presented with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award