Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye have been forced to scrap shows in Belgium and Japan to allow guitarist Gem Archer to recover from a mystery injury. The group was scheduled to perform at the Lokerse Festival in Belgium on 5 August (13) before hitting the stage at the Summer Sonic event in Tokyo, Japan next weekend (10Aug13), but both concerts have been axed.
A statement from the band's management reads: "Due to guitarist Gem Archer's injury, the band regret to inform fans that they will be cancelling their upcoming shows in Belgium and Japan until further notice. They are very sorry for any disappointment this will cause but as Gem is an integral part of the band there is no way that they can play without him."
It is unclear why the guitarist can't perform but the group's management officials insist an update on his condition is imminent.
Bandmate Andy Bell offered his support to Archer in a Twitter.com post on Saturday (03Aug13), writing, "Wanna wish my brother @gemarcherbe a speedy recovery."
And, on Sunday (04Aug13), Archer's wife Lou took to Twitter to thank fans for their well wishes. She wrote, "Thanks for all your support and well wishes during this awful time. I know he will appreciate it. Hopefully he'll be back on his feet soon."
Beady Eye's sets at the upcoming V Festival in England are still scheduled to go ahead as WENN went to press.
The latest news is another black eye for Gallagher, who is reportedly suing The New York Post for libel over reports suggesting he impregnated reporter Liza Ghorbani, who is claiming child support fees from the rocker in a New York court.
Gallagher's lawyer Raoul Felder applied for a gagging order to silence Ghorbani at the end of last month (Jul13). She claims the rocker fathered her seven-month-old daughter Gemma.
Gallagher, who is married to singer Nicole Appleton, has vowed to fight the claims.
A lawyer for rocker Liam Gallagher has applied for a gagging order to silence the New York-based reporter he's accused of fathering a child with. The former Oasis frontman is alleged to have had a fling with showbusiness writer Liza Ghorbani after she allegedly filed suit in the Big Apple earlier this month (Jul13), demanding $3 million (£2 million) in child support for her seven-month-old daughter Gemma.
Gallagher, who is married to singer Nicole Appleton, has vowed to fight the claims, but he sent legal eagle Raoul Felder to Manhattan Family Court on Friday (26Jul13) to demand Ghorbani sign a confidentiality agreement before they even start proceedings.
Her lawyer, William Beslow, insisted his client would have been willing to do so without the judge's order, although the court official has yet to rule on the motion.
The appeal for the gagging order was filed a day after Gallagher was photographed in London without his wedding ring, fuelling speculation over the state of his five-year marriage.
Appleton, the mother of Gallagher's 12-year-old son Gene, has also been snapped on vacation in Florida without her ring.
Marvin Mitchelson allegedly drew up divorce papers for Givens in the midst of her legal battle with the retired boxer in 1988, and now the lawyer's widow, Marcella, has accused the 47 year old of failing to pay him for his work.
She tells the New York Daily News, "Marvin worked really hard on getting those papers filed overnight for Givens and was very upset she fired him and never paid him the $15,000 (£9,375). (I) could certainly use the money."
However, Givens' publicist, James Grant, has dismissed the claims, saying, "She had one meeting with Mitchelson and signed immediately with Raoul Felder, who represented her throughout the entire case. It was just a brief meeting. She doesn't owe him any money."
Mitchelson, who represented dozens of celebrities throughout his career, including Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone, lost his battle with cancer in 2004.
Tyson and Givens married in February, 1988, but split several months later.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have reportedly hired a private divorce judge to
preside over the termination of their marriage, because they want to keep the
causes of their split a closely guarded secret.
The clandestine nature of the former golden couple's approach to their
divorce has further fueled media speculation that Pitt's growing affection for
Angelina Jolie caused the collapse of their marriage.
However, Aniston did not mention a third party or infidelity on Pitt's part
when she filed for divorce early this year.
They will negotiate their split in front of temporary judge Jill Robbins in
their lawyers' offices thanks to concessions which only exist in California--and will be spared having the details of their split printed in public court
Celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder says, "This is a rent-a-judge
situation. It's something that can only be done in the state of California."
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Top Story: Madonna Launches Tour in L.A.
Madonna launched her global Re-Invention tour Monday at The Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. The 45-year-old pop icon opened the politically charged show wearing a jewel-encrusted corset but changed into combat gear for the tune "American Life," while dancers dressed in Army fatigues did push-ups and calisthenics to a video backdrop of a war-torn country. Looking more toned than ever, the 45-year old performer belted out a string of her greatest hits including "Into the Groove," "Holiday," "Vogue" and "Material Girl," but no "Like a Virgin."Perhaps that is part of Madonna's new image, which isn't as sexually overt as it once was. In fact, Madonna's bid to reinvent herself translated into lots of Kabbalah-inspired stuff, including un-translated Hebrew text that often appeared in the background of her performances. The Material Girl turned spiritual mom even covered of John Lennon's "Imagine," which was accompanied by a video of sick and injured children from around the world. An estimated 750,000 people are expected to see 39 shows scheduled for the U.S. and Canada, with fans paying upward of $200 per ticket. Madonna, however, has canceled three Israeli stops on her tour because of violence in the region, The Associated Press reports. The singer told Access Hollywood that her manager wouldn't let her travel to Israel because of the "attack on the leader of Hamas," but insisted she would go if the decision was hers.
DreamWorks Greenlights Shrek Sequels
Hot off Shrek 2's $129 million take during its first five days across North American theaters has prompted DreamWorks SKG to greenlight two more sequels for the animated pic. Ann Daly, head of DreamWorks animation, told Reuters the studio would move ahead, one at a time, with plans for a third and fourth installment. "It wasn't really advisable to start working on three and four until we knew that we actually had something in two, and certainly this weekend confirmed that we do," she said. Daly said DreamWorks was in final talks with the principal voice actors to return, including Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas.
Snoop Dogg Files for Divorce
Rapper/actor Snoop Dogg has filed for divorce from his wife of seven years, Shante Broadus, citing general "irreconcilable differences," the AP reports. According to papers filed with Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is seeking joint custody of their children: Corde, 9; Cordell, 7; and Cori, 4. "The only thing I want to say is Mr. Broadus hopes that the divorce can be as amicable as possible," Snoop's attorney, Robert Nachshin, told AP yesterday.
David Gest's Lawyer Quits in Divorce Battle
In music producer David Gest's attorney bitter divorce battle with Liza Minnelli, Gest's attorney Raoul Felder has resigned, saying he often had trouble getting his client on the telephone, Reuters reports. "There was no bad feelings. He wants to go in a different direction," Felder told Reuters on Monday, saying he withdrew from the case two weeks ago in a letter he sent Gest in Hawaii. "I told him I had a great deal of respect and admiration for him in the face of adversity." Gest, 51, sued Minnelli for $10 million in October of last year, claiming she had beaten him up in drunken rages that left him with permanent facial injuries and unrelenting pain. Minnelli denied the abuse and counter-sued, claiming he had cheated her out of more than $2 million.
No Go on Simpson Sitcom
ABC cut Jessica Simpson's sitcom from its fall schedule, AP reports. Simpson, a 23-year-old pop singer known for her ditsy moments on her MTV reality show, had filmed a pilot which featured her as a ditsy reporter on a TV news magazine.
"Bandstand" Makes a Comeback
Dick Clark and the creators of American Idol are teaming up to bring American Bandstand back to television, Reuters reports. "We think there's a great opportunity to utilize television for the promotion of today's music and put some dancing in it, and run a competition and hopefully come up with a hit," Clark told Reuters. Clark, whose company has produced such perennial events as the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes telecast, said on Monday he is shopping an update of American Bandstand to a number of networks, aiming for a summer 2005 debut.
McDonald's Gets in on DVD Act
McDonald's is rolling out a DVD rental service that could give rental chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Entertainment a run for their money, Variety reports. Starting in Denver-area outlets, McDonald's will install automatic kiosks owned and operated by a company called DVDPlay. Units will offer 30-40 popular titles at a rental rate of only $1 per night. The DVD rental machines can hold up to 350 DVDs each. No membership is required and customers can use credit cards to pay for the disc.
Role Call: Damon, Peet Head to Syriana
Matt Damon and Amanda Peet are teaming up in the thriller Syriana for Warner Bros. Damon would play an oil executive who's in major deal-making mode with a sheik when he and his wife (Peet) suffer a major family tragedy. The story is inspired by real-life CIA agent Robert Baer's memoirs, See No Evil: The True Story of a Foot Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism. George Clooney, one of the film's producers, is in advanced talks to play Baer.
Kit Bowen contributed to this report.
This comes as no surprise.
The day after David Gest filed a $10 million lawsuit against his estranged wife Liza Minnelli, accusing her of beating him during alcoholic rages, the entertainer issued a statement denying the allegations as well as filing for divorce from Gest, The Associated Press reports.
"I hoped very much that the end of my marriage would be handled with mutual respect and dignity," Minnelli said in her statement. "The allegations in this lawsuit are hurtful and without merit. My lawyers will respond to the lawsuit in the proper forum.
"I will continue to focus on my work, my sobriety and my fans who have been so wonderful to me," she said.
In the suit filed Tuesday, Gest claims Minnelli insulted and beat him as she flew into drunken rages. Gest's lawyer, Raoul Felder, said his client suffered neurological damage and headaches from the attacks. Gest is being treated at a rehabilitation clinic in Honolulu, where he takes 11 medications a day, Felder said.
Minnelli, who has battled health and substance abuse problems for years, entered a "self-help" program in March at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in rural central Pennsylvania, AP reports.
"Obviously these people should be divorced," Felder told AP. "This marriage is dead, no doubt about it."
Minnelli, 57, and Gest, 50, were wed 16 months ago at a celebrity-studded ceremony in New York with Michael Jackson acting as best man and Elizabeth Taylor serving as maid of honor. Jackson introduced the two when Gest, a producer and promoter, produced Jackson's 30th anniversary tribute concert for television. It was Minnelli's fourth marriage and Gest's first.
Minnelli and Gest were also supposed to be the subject of a VH1 reality show, which was canceled when the network charged Gest was impossible to work with; the pair later filed a lawsuit against VH1, AP reports.
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Jessica Alba, Annette Bening, Michael Caine, Hugh Jackman and Damon Wayans have been added to the list of presenters for the 59th Golden Globe Awards. The Globes, which honor both film and television work, will be telecast Sunday on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
John Malkovich makes his directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival with The Dancer Upstairs, a film about one man's struggle with his conscience as he moves up the ladder inside a corrupt police department and a morally bankrupt government. The political thriller stars Spanish actor Javier Bardem and Italian actress Laura Morante.
President Bush's weekend fainting episode after a pretzel went down the wrong way has become fodder for late-night comedians. CBS Late Show host David Letterman joked about the president's four-second blackout, adding, "Fortunately, it was the same four seconds that Dick Cheney was conscious." Jay Leno, host of NBC's Tonight Show, quipped, "They ran to get Dick Cheney, and they realized nobody could remember the undisclosed location he was hiding in."
Police in Camdenton, Mo. on Thursday found Nicolas Cage's stolen 1989 Porsche Sportster submerged in the Lake of the Ozarks, The Associated Press reports. The black convertible was stolen from a transport trailer on its way from California to Pennsylvania on Christmas day from a parking lot in Arnold, Mo., just south of St. Louis. A 19-year-old has been charged with first-degree auto tampering in connection with the heist.
TV news anchor Bill O'Reilly, host of the Fox News Channel show The
O'Reilly Factor, told reporters this week that CNN's Paula Zahn was just being politically correct when she expressed offense at a promotion describing her as sexy. "I think Paula should have just said, 'Hey, if somebody thinks I'm sexy, OK, but my primary reason that I'm here is because I know what I'm talking about,'" he said. To say she's offended, O'Reilly continued, is a "bunch of bull.'" Zahn left the Fox News Channel in September to join CNN.
David Bowie checked himself into the Good Samaritan Hospital in Palm Beach, Fla., complaining of a tight chest. The 55-year-old rock legend underwent tests and is receiving treatment for a chest infection. Bowie, a heavy smoker, had been suffering from a bout of flu in the weeks leading to his hospitalization.
Now that he is running both Viacom-owned networks, CBS president Leslie Moonves said on Monday he does not plan on turning UPN into a "CBS 2," Variety reports. Moonves told reporters that UPN "will continue to be an independent brand with a distinct personality and distinct target audiences."
Comedian Denis Leary, whose ABC series The Job is filmed on the streets of Manhattan and in a studio in Queens, says the Big Apple is an important element that gives the show credibility. "I love Seinfeld and it doesn't matter that it wasn't shot in New York, but with NYPD Blue it kind of makes a difference," he said. "I can tell it's on a [studio] lot--no matter how they try to fool you."
Ben Vereen will receive a heroism award from the city of Miami for chasing a suspect after he witnessed a robbery, the AP reports. On Dec. 27, Vereen saw a man knock down a woman pushing a baby stroller and take her purse. Vereen then chased the felon in his pickup truck while calling for help but the culprit got away. The 55-year-old actor is appearing in a production of I'm Not Rappaport at the Coconut Grove Playhouse.
Divorce lawyer Raoul Felder has sued The West Wing actor Ron Silver for an alleged unpaid $258,000 legal bill, AP reports. The Felder, who is currently representing former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in his divorce from Donna Hanover, represented Silver in his 1997 divorce from Self magazine editor Lynne Miller.
The cartoon band Gorillaz has been nominated for six Brit Award--the UK's equivalent of the Grammys--including best group, best album and best single for its hit "Clint Eastwood." Dido, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue each received four nominations. The awards will be presented at Earl's Court Arena in London on Feb. 20.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats will close its door on May 11, after 9,000 performances in London's West End, the AP reports. Cats, the longest-running musical to close in London, has taken in $197 million at the box office and been seen by more than 8 million people.
ABC has let go New York-based staffers from former hit show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. A network spokesperson explained that the layoffs were part of the natural cycle of a show on hiatus, but ABC's new entertainment president Susan Lynne said Sunday that the damage to Millionaire may be irreparable, PageSix.com reports.
John Goodman may star in a film biography of R&B songwriter Doc Pomus, who, with Mort Shuman, wrote such late-'50s and early-'60s hits
as This Magic Moment, Save the Last Dance for Me, Teenager in Love
and Little Sister, according to FoxNews.com's Roger Friedman.
Pomus, who died in 1991, was the younger brother of famed divorce
attorney Raoul Felder, who told Friedman that his family (his daughter
Rachel is a former record-company executive) had been hoping to get a
film made about Doc's life for years.
"But it had to be with someone who
could sing. When we heard John was interested and that he could sing --
he just sang on Saturday Night Live -- that sounded like a good