Chris Brown's on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran has wished the R&B hitmaker the "best of luck" after ending the couple's romance following reports suggesting he secretly fathered a baby girl last year (14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker has yet to address rumours he is the dad of a nine-month-old daughter, who was born to a 31-year-old model friend named Nia, but Tran appears to have confirmed the news by tweeting goodbye to the singer on Wednesday (04Mar15).
In her farewell post, she writes, "Listen. One can only take so much. The best of luck to Chris and his family. No baby drama for me."
Nia and Brown have reportedly been friends for years and sources insist the pair is on good terms following the child's birth.
The baby's mother is also no stranger to Tran - editors at TMZ.com have since obtained a photo of Tran posing with her arm around Nia at a party in Las Vegas in May, 2013, months before the model fell pregnant.
Brown and Tran have been romantically involved since 2011 and have previously overcome a brief love triangle with the singer's ex Rihanna. They have also had to contend with his multiple legal woes, including probation violations which temporarily landed him behind bars last year (14).
Chris Brown's representatives have yet to confirm or deny reports suggesting the R&B star is the father of a nine-month-old baby girl. News of the child's parentage broke on TMZ.com late on Tuesday (03Mar15) when a source told the website the mother is a model named Nia.
Brown, who has been dating another model, Karrueche Tran, on and off since 2011, has known the baby's mother for many years and insiders insist the 25-year-old Kiss Kiss singer is on very good terms with the 31 year old.
"Him reaching out through social media? It's ridiculous! But then people do it all the time, like Chris Brown and Karrueche (Tran)? Come on, guys. Keep it between text messages." Hilary Duff attacks ex-boyfriend Aaron Carter after he professed his love for her over social media.
R&B star Chris Brown was forced to cancel a string of sold-out shows in Canada on Tuesday (24Feb15) after he was denied entry into the country due to "immigration issues". The Kiss Kiss hitmaker and singer Trey Songz, along with rapper Tyga, were slated to hit Montreal and Toronto on their Between the Sheets tour on Tuesday and Wednesday (25Feb15), but Brown was unable to cross the border to make the shows.
Concert promoters in both cities confirmed the axed gigs on their Twitter.com accounts, citing "immigration issues" for the last-minute cancellations, and Brown also took to the microblogging site to confirm the news.
In the tweets, which have since been deleted, he wrote, "Unfortunately I will not be able to perform in front of sold out crowds in Montreal & Toronto. The good people of the Canadian government wouldn't allow me entry. I'll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!"
This isn't the first time Brown has missed an appearance in Canada - last year (14) he was scheduled to perform at Drake's OVO Festival in his native Toronto, but was also denied entry.
According to Canada's Global News, Brown's criminal record, stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, was behind the latest customs clash. In adherence to Canadian immigration law, a person who "committed an act outside Canada that would be a crime" in Canada can be barred from entering.
Earlier this month (Feb15), the singer cancelled a 3 March (15) tour stop at Minneapolis, Minnesota's Target Center due to "scheduling issues", but sources tell Billboard poor ticket sales were to blame.
Paintings by troubled singer Chris Brown have sold for more than $60,000 (£37,500) at auction. The Kiss Kiss star created a number of works with street artist KAI during a recent art event in Miami, Florida, and the pieces were submitted for sale as part of Fine Art Auctions Miami's Urban Art Week.
It has now emerged that two of Brown's canvases sold for $25,000 (£15,625) each, and another made almost $12,000 (£7,500), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.
The publication reports that 50 per cent of the profits will be donated to charity.
This Sunday will be Neil Patrick Harris’ first time hosting the Oscars. Can you believe it? He’s practically hosted every other awards show (from the Tonys to the Emmys), but now he’s in the big leagues – among such iconic hosts as Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and…Donald Duck? Yep, that’s right. The animated cartoon character actually co-hosted the ceremony back in 1958. We’re just glad we weren’t alive to witness that. But we’ve witnessed our fair share of other hosts, from bad to good. Allow us to rank them for you.
10. Anne Hathway & James Franco (2011)
Everyone was left scratching their heads when this hosting duo was announced, and Anne and James didn’t do much to allay people’s concerns. Anne tried way too hard, and James just didn’t try enough, resulting in a disastrous show that likely solidified the notion that producers should stick to comedians for the job.
9. Hugh Jackman (2009)
Sorry, Jackman. You’re a lovely singer and dancer, but this ain’t the Tonys. It was too much Broadway flair and not enough jokes.
8. David Letterman (1995)
It was the “Oprah, Uma” gag that did him in. It just went on for way too long, and Hollywood was not amused.
7. Seth MacFarlane (2013)
The Family Guy creator was an odd choice simply because we don’t see him in front of the camera much. He took risks with some edgier jokes (Such as: "['Django Unchained'] is the story of a man fighting to get back his woman, who's been subjected to unthinkable violence. Or as Chris Brown and Rihanna call it, a date movie.") and received a mixed response from critics.
6. Billy Crystal (1990 - 1993, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2012)
He’s hosted a TON of times (9 to be exact), with varying degrees of success. The best part is whenever he inserts himself into the Oscar-nominated films. But when they brought him back to host the 2012 awards after Eddie Murphy dropped out, we sort of felt like he was the “safe” choice. He did play it safe, and in effect, the show was a bit boring.
5. Whoopi Goldberg (1994, 1996, 1999, 2002)
Remember when she appeared on stage in full Queen Elizabeth I regalia? She really went for it and nailed it.
4. Chris Rock (2005)
When he hosted, they had the telecast run on a 7-second delay – just in case. We know at least one person wasn’t a fan. After Chris made a joke about Jude Law, a humorless Sean Penn took the stage to criticize the comedian, calling Jude one of the industry’s “finest actors.” At least Chris stayed true to his own boisterous style.
3. Steve Martin & Alec Baldwin (2010)
Ok, so the pairing may have just been because they had recently starred in a movie together (It’s Complicated), but these two proved to complement each other quite nicely. Steve is a veteran host and knows how to work the room, and Alec is just naturally funny. They're no Tina and Amy, though...
2. Jon Stewart (2002, 2006)
The things about Jon Stewart is that he’s smart. Very smart. He deftly balanced the political jokes with his hilarious insights on Hollywood and we were thoroughly entertained. Maybe now that he's retiring from The Daily Show, it'll free him up to host more awards shows.
1. Ellen DeGeneres (2007, 2014)
Nevermind the fact that she took that epic celebrity selfie, she brought PIZZA for everyone last year. Hands down the best.
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If you're anything like us, you can't resist the urge to watch Titanic (or, at least, part of it) every time you see it on TV. You may know every word spoken, but do you know which lines were ad-libbed and which are actual quotes from survivors of the wreck? Here are 25 things you never knew:
1. The movie features 2 hours and 40 minutes of scenes set in 1912. This is the exact amount of time the Titanic took to sink.
The film also has 37 seconds between the iceberg warning and the actual collision, which is the same amount of time that transpired in real life.
2. Matthew McConaughey, Chris O'Donnell, Billy Crudup, and Stephen Dorff were considered for the role of Jack Dawson.
But thankfully, the part went to Leonardo DiCaprio, cementing him as a superstar (and an eternal heartthrob).
3. It was the first movie to receive two Academy Award nominations for the same character.
Both Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated (Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively) for playing the role of Rose. The next time two actors were nominated for playing the same role was 2001's Iris, also starring Winslet.
4. Gloria Stuart's nomination made her the oldest nominee in any category.
She still holds the record for the feat. Stuart was 87 years old when she was nominated. This also makes her the only person involved in the film who was alive when the actual Titanic sank. Also, she gets that shout out as "the old lady" in Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again," which is pretty much the highest honor anyone could ever hope to achieve.
5. Only the starboard half of the ship's set was completed.
While at dock, painstaking post-production work was necessary to reverse the image in order to give an accurate portrayal of the boat docked at port (like it was in 1912). Costumes and signage needed to be reversed in order to perfect the illusion.
6. The ocean that the extras are jumping into is only 3 feet deep.
The film contains 100 speaking parts and over 1,000 extras. They all needed to be dressed in lavish costumes...which would then be drenched in water for most of the film.
7. "I'm king of the world!" wasn't actually in the script.
The line was ad-libbed by DiCaprio. It's ranked as AFI's 100th (of 100) greatest movie quotes of all time.
8. And Jack's ice-fishing story is a Titanic survivor's quote about the North Atlantic water.
He was dissuading Rose not to jump off the back of the boat, in the scene where they meet.
9. James Cameron reportedly spoke to over 150 extras, providing them with names and personal histories of actual Titanic passengers.
The 150 core extras took a 3-hour course to learn proper 1912 behavior from the film's choreographer, Lynne Hockney, who also produced a time traveler's guide that played on a never-ending loop in the wardrobe department. We bet Rose's unladylike gesture was not in the guide.
10. The old couple holding each other in bed as the ship sinks are based on a real couple.
Ida & Isidor Straus, owners of Macy's in New York, died aboard the Titanic. Ida was reportedly offered a seat, but refused it in order to stay with her husband. Her husband was then offered a seat to accompany his wife, but he refused it to save the lives of younger women and children. Ida is quoted as saying, "We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go" (this is also reported, "As we have live, so we will die, together"). The couple was last seen on deck, arm in arm. Aka, the love story the Titanic should have been about.
11. Benjamin Guggenheim really did get dressed in his best to die like a gentleman.
He and his valet were last seen in the area of the Grand Staircase, sipping brandy and smoking cigars. They went down with the ship.
12. Kathy Bates wasn't the first choice to play "Unsinkable" Molly Brown.
Reba McEntire was initially offered and had accepted the role until scheduling conflicts prevented it. Barbra Streisand was also allegedly considered for the part. We're glad Kathy Bates had the chance to own this (as usual). Margaret Brown was a real-life passenger aboard the Titanic who helped others onto lifeboats and even grabbed an oar on her own in an effort to go back and save more people.
13. Kate Winslet flashed Leonardo DiCaprio when they first met.
She found out she'd have to be naked in front of him for filming and wanted to break the ice.
14. That's not Leonardo DiCaprio's hand drawing Rose.
They're actually writer/director/producer/editor James Cameron's. Cameron had to mirror-image his hands in post-production to make his left-handed sketching fit with Jack Dawson's right-handedness.
15. Someone mixed PCP (aka angel dust) into the chowder served to the cast and crew at the end of shooting.
No culprits were ever apprehended, but reportedly 80 people were taken ill and 50 more were hospitalized.
16. Originally, Rose was supposed to be tightening her mother's corset.
Cameron and the actresses decided to rethink the positions to really clearly convey their relationship. You know, that Rose's mother was literally suffocating her.
17. Neil deGrasse Tyson convinced James Cameron to change the stars in the sky.
The Director of New York's Hayden Planetarium noticed that the stars bore no resemblance to what the night sky would have actually looked like during that time and in that location. After discussing the issue several times with Cameron (by sending letters and harassing in person), he provided an image of what the sky should look like, which was used for the re-release. You can hear "Coolest Scientist's Rant" on Titanic here.
18. Kate Winslet was one of the only actors who didn't wear a wetsuit.
She ended up getting pneumonia and almost quitting as a result.
19. The bow section wouldn't sink fast enough, so Cameron sunk it entirely and raised it from the depths of the water and filmed its re-submersion.
After the ship breaks in half, the bow (which should go down pretty quickly) wasn't sinking fast enough because of its buoyancy and the narrow clearance between it and the tank. Once Cameron suggested to let it sink, the air space between decks flooded with water, allowing them to film it raised from the water, so it would sink quickly before the water drained out.
20. James Cameron re-shot the scenes with water bursting down the corridors because he didn't think the original 40,000 was enough.
He asked for triple the amount of water. The set had to be rebuilt entirely to endure the added pressure.
21. Kate Winslet's dress was designed to look as good wet as it did dry.
Costume designer Deborah Lynn Scott had 24 of the chiffon dresses made in order to endure all the strain of filming submerged in water.
22. Rose's gasp as she enters the water to save Jack is Kate Winslet's real reaction to the frigid water.
Though the scene was filmed in the Pacific Ocean at the Baja California, Mexico set, the water was still cold enough to imagine those North Atlantic temperatures.
23. James Cameron credits Kate Winslet with the idea of spitting in Cal's face.
The script originally had Rose jabbing him with a hairpin, but Winslet suggested she spit in his face instead. Cameron agreed, and the only person not informed was Billy Zane (Cal); his reaction was genuine. Cameron also credits Winslet for the "This is where we first met" line.
24. The scenes after the ship sank were filmed in a 350,000 gallon tank.
Frozen corpses and icy effects were given to the actors by applying a powder that crystallized upon contact with water and wax on the clothes and hair for a wet look.
25. James Cameron admitted on MythBusters that there was totally enough room for Jack and Rose to both float safely.
"If Jack lives, the movie makes a tenth as much." So, like, she never had to let go in the first place...
Chris Brown and his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran have come under fire from animal rights activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for wearing fur coats to Michael Costello's runway show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday (17Feb15). Tran shared a picture of the couple's outfits on Instagram.com, prompting PETA bosses to slam Brown and Tran's wardrobe choices.
In a statement issued to GossipCop.com, a PETA spokesperson writes, "There are few things more out of touch than draping yourself in the skins of animals who were beaten, electrocuted, and even skinned alive for their fur... Chris Brown's furs are just more of the same from him: ugly violence."
Troubled R&B star Chris Brown has cancelled his upcoming tour stop in Minnesota due to unspecified "scheduling conflicts". The Kiss Kiss hitmaker and singer Trey Songz were slated to bring their Between the Sheets tour to Minneapolis' Target Center on 3 March (15), but according to local newspaper the Star Tribune, the gig has been axed.
There are no plans to reschedule the date, and refunds will be issued to ticket holders.
The reason behind the cancellation is vague, but sources tell Billboard poor ticket sales were to blame.
The Between the Sheets tour was supposed to kick off last month (Jan15), but was postponed after a Los Angeles judge refused to sign off on the travel permit Brown needed for the North American shows because he had yet to complete the final 100 hours of his community service by his January (15) deadline.
He had been ordered to log a total of 1,000 hours after violating his probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Brown recently completed his community service sentence, making way for the duo to start the tour.
Police officers were called to a Grammy Awards afterparty attended by stars including Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj on Sunday (08Feb15) after receiving noise complaints.
The bash, hosted by rapper Meek Mill at Bieber's former home in Los Angeles, was held to celebrate America's biggest music awards show and was also attended by Chris Brown, French Montana, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, and Mill's rumoured girlfriend Minaj. Cops were called to the mansion in the early hours of Monday morning (09Feb15) in response to noise complaints. Editors at TMZ.com report a fight broke out at the bash and hundreds of guests had left the building by the time cops arrived on the scene. Officers reportedly spent time dispersing the crowd outside the mansion, but no arrests were made.