Rapper Yg has blamed Los Angeles police officials for allegedly banning him from supporting Drake and Lil Wayne on their local tour stop this weekend (20-21Sep14). The I Just Wanna Party hitmaker took to his Twitter.com blog on Friday (19Sep14) and told fans he was having to bow out of plans to perform in Irvine, California that night and at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday (22Sep14).
He wrote, "Irvine/Hollywood , the LAPD ain't (sic) letting me perform at the #DrakeVsWayne dates today and Monday."
A representative for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has yet to comment on the report, but sources tell MTV.com that local authorities were concerned about trouble erupting at the shows and ordered the tour promoter to add extra security if they wanted YG to perform.
The additional police presence would have allegedly cost the promoter an extra $120,000 (£75,000).
Drake's new protege, singer iLoveMakonnen, was recruited to perform in YG's place on Friday and will hit the stage again on Monday night.
Los Angeles native YG has been open about his affiliation to the local Bloods gang and previously hit headlines in 2012 after shots were fired on the set of his video for I'm a Thug.
More recently, YG had to cut short a concert in Canada in early August (14) after crowdmembers became unruly and began hurling bottles at the stage.
New York City residents have been issued a warning as the cast and crew of police drama Blue Bloods prepare to film a shocking suicide scene in a public park. Filming is due to kick off on Tuesday morning (23Sep14) in Teardrop Park, a popular Manhattan play area for parents with young children, and city officials have sent an email to locals to inform them about the grisly shoot.
The note from Battery Park City Authority, obtained by the New York Post's gossip column Page Six, reads, "To prevent any cause for alarm, we wanted to inform you, in advance, that the scene involves a simulated suicide. This scene... will have both a harnessed actress as well as a dummy."
Blue Bloods stars Bridget Moynahan, Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.
Break-out Orange Is The New Black star Uzo Aduba had vowed to give up acting just moments before she learned she had landed the role of Crazy Eyes in the hit show.
The Emmy Award nominee got lost on her way to an audition for cop drama Blue Bloods and arrived 20 minutes late - and she took that as a sign it was time to give up acting and find another job.
She tells Access Hollywood Live, "I'd been working in New York doing theatre and I'd been spending the the summer trying to do film and television and it was hard. I was like, 'Maybe I'm not supposed to be doing this...'"
"I'd gotten these directions and I got completely lost in Brooklyn somewhere, and then I had my audition and I was like, 'I think that went OK, but I bet you're not gonna get it because you were 20 minutes late'. I was like, 'That's a sign, you're not supposed to be doing this...' and then when I got home... I got the phone call, that I got Orange."
"I had auditioned for Orange, like, the month before and I never heard anything about it and so I auditioned for Blue Bloods that Friday... and I got a phone call from my agents, they said, 'We've got good news for you, you remember that audition you went on for Orange is the New Black... Well, you didn't get it... They want to offer you another part.' "I said, 'Amazing, what's the other part?' And they said, 'Crazy Eyes'. I was like, 'What in my audition... made them think I had crazy eyes...? But I was really thankful."
Ironically, Aduba did get the Blue Bloods role but had to turn it down due to her commitment to acclaimed prison drama Orange is the New Black.
An associate of rapper Waka Flocka Flame has been found guilty of three counts of murder. The verdict for aspiring hip-hop star Ra Diggs, real name Ronald Herron, was revealed in Federal District Court in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday (26Jun14). He was found guilty on all 21 counts he faced, including racketeering and drug trafficking, as well as the killing of Frederick Brooks in 2001, Richard Russo in 2008, and Victor Zapata in 2009, according to the New York Times.
Herron, 32, has been behind bars for two years on federal charges for running a crack and heroin ring.
His case was an unusual one as prosecutors used the rap videos he posted on YouTube.com as evidence against him during the trial.
Herron's lyrics boast he was a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang who beat a murder case, as well as bragging about getting even with his rivals.
Herron will be sentenced on 1 October (14), and faces life in prison.
Actress Bridget Moynahan has thrown her support behind a poverty awareness campaign by pledging to live on just $1.50 (GBP.94) a day for a week. The Blue Bloods star became involved with the Global Poverty Project last year (13) and is set to participate in the initiative with four of her friends next month (May14).
She tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "I have a great team leader... and we've pooled our money; we have a very strict diet, but I pushed them to make sure they were very healthy meals. So I think that is something I found challenging, going into a grocery store and still having a healthy diet on this kind of money. You do have to plan ahead."
Moynahan is now asking the public to take part in the campaign to help raise awareness on poverty issues.
Singer/producer Pharrell Williams has predicted America's former First Lady Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. The Happy star was asked to give his opinion on American politics during an interview with U.S. GQ magazine, and Williams made a bold prediction for the upcoming 2016 election, insisting Bill Clinton's wife will be the winner.
He tells the publication, "Let me tell you why she's going to win. Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the (gangs) Bloods; you got the Crips. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there's unity. There's gonna be unity...
"So when you think about a night where there's late-night talk-show hosts and it's mostly women, that's a different world. Right? A world where 75 per cent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: that's a different world. That's gonna happen, and it's gonna happen when Hillary wins... Hillary's gonna win. Listen, I'm reaching out to her right now. She's gonna win."
Clinton has not announced her intention to run in the election to replace the incumbent president, fellow Democrat Barack Obama.
Actress Sami Gayle struggles with dinner scenes in TV cop drama Blue Bloods - because she's a strict vegetarian. Family get togethers are commonplace on the show and the Vampire Academy star admits she has had to come up with clever ways to hide the fact she doesn't eat meat.
She tells WENN, "We love to eat on Blue Bloods! Our dinner scenes are iconic moments of every episode and we commit to eating on the show. But after seven hours of filming those scenes it gets to be a lot.
"I can't eat red meat, so whenever there is steak or anything I refrain and have to eat a lot of potatoes or green beans. It can get a bit gassy."
But whatever she doesn't eat on set, co-star Donnie Wahlberg gobbles up. She adds, "He is the big eater of all of us and he'll eat anything."
Frasier star Bebe Neuwirth is returning to the small screen in a new political thriller from Homeland writer Barbara Hall. The actress, who was a TV hit as Dr. Lilith Sternin in Cheers and its Frasier Crane spin-off, will play the chief of staff in Madam Secretary, a new pilot which features Tea Leoni as an embattled U.S. Secretary of State.
The project by Hall, who also created Joan of Arcadia, will mark Neuwirth's first major main cast role since Law & Order: Trial by Jury, which ran between 2005 and 2006.
Neuwirth has had more recent recurring roles in The Good Wife and Blue Bloods.
The pilot is slated to air on U.S. network CBS later this year (14).
Chris Brown's Valentine's Day (14Feb14) has been shattered by another legal woe - the R&B star is at the centre of a new assault accusation. Malcolm Ausbon has filed a lawsuit against the troubled singer, who is currently in rehab tackling anger issues, claiming the star and members of his entourage put him in hospital when a basketball court spat turned ugly last summer (13).
The plaintiff claims Brown bragged that he was a member of the Bloods gang and then charged him as he tried to back away from trouble after the court altercation.
Ausbon claims Brown and three others began to "strike, punch, kick, pull and stomp" on his "head and body".
In court papers obtained by TMZ.com, Ausbon alleges he ended up in the emergency room with injuries to his face, head, neck, back, legs and ribs, and he claims he now suffers from embarrassment, fear, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder.
Ausbon is suing Brown and 24-Hour Fitness, where the fight took place, for unspecified damages.
According to TMZ.com, a source close to Brown has acknowledged an "incident" on the court but insists there were no punches thrown.
The suit is the latest in a long line of legal woes for Brown - he narrowly avoided jail time earlier this month (Feb14) when prosecutors argued that his violent behaviour during an alleged fight outside a hotel in Washington, D.C. last year (13) proved the singer was an "increasing danger to society".
Brown is still on probation for his 2009 assault conviction following an attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Blue Bloods star Sami Gayle had a close call with New Jersey police last year (13) after accidentally leaving a packet of fake drugs in her coat pocket after a day of filming the crime drama. The teen actress reveals she had worn her own jacket to shoot scenes for the hit TV series, in which she plays Nicky Reagan-Boyle, the niece of Donnie Wahlberg's detective character, Danny Reagan, but she forgot to take out the prop powder when she finished work - and it fell out at the most inopportune time.
She explains, "I was shooting an episode a few months before Thanksgiving... we were driving through New Jersey to visit my grandmother and we were in a car accident, somebody rear-ended us, and when the police came, they saw me and they were like, 'Oh, we love your show, can we get a picture?'. I got out of the car and took pictures and the policemen had a squad car and I was like, 'You know, it's so funny, I'm in a police show but I've never been in a squad car and taken pictures, so can I do that?' And they said, 'Absolutely.'
"I had been wearing my coat on set that day, we had been filming with the fake heroin packets, so I went to pull my phone out of my coat and out falls the fake bogeyman packets! But I had the name of the script on my phone and we sort of made nice on the situation by showing them that, but it was definitely very frightening!"