Conservative comedienne Victoria Jackson has lost her bid to run for political office in Tennessee. The former Saturday Night Live regular, who appeared on the U.S. comedy show from 1986 to 1992, ran as an independent candidate in local elections in a bid to win a seat on the Williamson County Commission, but she attracted just 632 votes - less than half of those garnered by winning participants Judy Lynch Herbert and Betsey Hester after Thursday's (07Aug14) election results were tallied.
The 55-year-old funnywoman wasn't the only celebrity to stumble in her fledgling political career in Tennessee on Thursday - former U.S. TV judge Joe Brown also failed in his efforts to become the district attorney for Shelby County after the Democrat lost to Republican incumbent Amy Weirich.
Rapper Ja Rule has reignited his feud with 50 Cent in his new book. The hip-hop star's long-running war of words with the In Da Club hitmaker ran for 14 years, with the pair constantly trading shots against each other in interviews and songs until they publicly made amends in 2011,
But the Always on Time hitmaker has opened old wounds by detailing their feud in new memoir Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, in which he claims 50 was "a crazed man on a mission to destroy me".
In the book, Ja Rule accuses 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, of giving police officers information on him, music producer Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo and their record label Murder Inc. following a 2000 brawl, during which his rap rival was shot nine times. He believes Jackson's co-operation with the police lead to a money-laundering case against Lorenzo and his brother, who were eventually acquitted in 2005.
He writes, “When they (police) asked him who he thought had shot him, it would make sense that 50 would have said, 'Ja Rule, Irv Gotti and Murder Inc.'... He secretly led them through his recordings for the answers they were looking for."
Ja Rule also recounts psychical altercations with the rapper, including a 2000 recording studio feud.
He recalls, "I hit him with the crutch. We proceeded to whip his ass. I was putting in my work. 50 was crunched in the corner. I slammed the big tannoy speaker down on him."
His memoir is due to be released on 31 July (14).
Actress Poppy Montgomery has revealed she is married after exchanging vows in a top secret ceremony at Disneyland earlier this year (14). The Unforgettable star and Shawn Sanford eloped to the California themepark with their children at the end of January (14) and tied the knot with Mickey and Minnie Mouse presiding over the nuptials.
Revealing the big news for the first time on U.S. TV show Live! With Kelly & Michael on Friday (04Apr14), she says, "On Chinese New Year, I ran away with all of the children and I got married at Disneyland. My mother was horrified. She was like, 'How do you turn Disneyland into Vegas?'
"Mickey and Minnie came dressed as a bride and groom."
Montgomery and Sanford began dating in 2011 and welcomed their first child together, Violet Grace, in 2013.
This is the first marriage for the actress, who is also a mum to six year old son Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman from a previous romance with actor Adam Kaufman.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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Top music producer Frankie Knuckles has passed away at the age of 59. The club music icon, dubbed the 'Godfather of House', died at his home on Monday (31Mar14), according to his business partner Frederick Dunson. His cause of death has not been confirmed but reports suggest he suffered from diabetes.
Knuckles started his music career as a DJ in New York City in the 1970s, before relocating to Chicago, Illinois.
His style of mixing disco and soul helped kick off the house club scene in 1980s Chicago. He went on to become the go-to remixer of the 1980s and 1990s, working on tracks by Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, the Pet Shop Boys, and Lisa Stansfield.
Knuckles also released several albums of his own tracks. In 2004, a stretch of road in Chicago was named Frankie Knuckles Way in honour of the warehouse club he previously ran in the area. He was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Following the news of his death, a number of stars from across all music genres reached out to pay their respects.
Top British DJ Pete Tong tweeted, "R.I.P Godfather Of House Frankie Knuckles R.I.P gentleman genius groundbreaker inspiration blessed to have worked with you. Sad news."
Fellow disc jockey Rob da Bank added: "So sad to hear that Frankie Knuckles has died... amazing DJ and pioneer", while House superstar David Morales wrote on Twitter, "I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away... Can't write anymore than this at the moment."
Musician Questlove also expressed his shock, tweeting: "Jesus man. Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. He was the DJ that DJ's (sic) aspired to be. True dance pioneer."
A post on hip-hop act Wu Tang Clan's Twitter feed reads: "R.I.P Frankie Knuckles... Peace. All praises due..."
Another prolific House DJ, Roger Sanchez, also paid his respects: "Yes unfortunately it is true - Frankie Knuckles has passed on today. I can't begin to count the ways he influenced me but I will never forget."
Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has laughed off reports suggesting she is engaged to the late King of Pop's pal, gay porn producer Marc Schaffel. Rowe phoned the studios of TMZ.com to clear up reports after sources told the website's editors that she was planning a wedding.
TMZ.com ran the story with a new photo of Rowe wearing what looked like an engagement ring on her wedding finger, while posing with Schaffel, but she insists the rumours of an engagement are "ridiculous and not true".
She says that she and the producer are "just friends" and they are "absolutely, positively not engaged".
Actress Michelle Williams recently returned to the scene of her big acting break to show her daughter where Dawson'S Creek was set. The Brokeback Mountain star became internationally famous thanks to her five-year stint playing troubled Jen Lindley on the teen drama, and recently decided to return to Wilmington, North Carolina, where the show was located.
She took along her daughter Matilda to visit the site, and was thrilled to see a host of familiar faces 10 years on.
She tells The New Yorker, "I actually hadn't been back since the show ended but I went back and took my daughter on vacation and saw people I hadn't seen in 10 years and went (to) all the places that we used to go. And it was great. It was actually a real stroke of luck to be transported there.
"I'm very lucky because she (Matilda) is very outgoing, very friendly, she likes meeting new people and places and experiences. So she makes it easy."
Williams co-starred in the show, which ran from 1998 to 2003, with Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson and James Van Der Beek.
It’s still uncertain whether or not there has been any child star that has come into adulthood unscathed, but what’s for sure is that stage parents are rarely ever as perfect as they make themselves out to be.
Here are 9 stage parents that will have you calling your mom tonight and telling her that you love her.
Dina & Michael Lohan A list about celeb parents gone wild would never be complete without the Lohans. Where to even start? In one side of the ring we have Dina Lohan, who has been blatantly freeloading off of Lindsay since she first shot to fame. Claims of being a Rockette (which she never was), a reality show, dodgy photos of her kinda-sorta making out with her own daughter (EW), showing up under the influence of WTF on Dr. Phil’s show, publicly sparring with her ex-husband, partying with Lindsay, and now a glorious DWI just weeks after Lindsay was released from rehab are some of the accomplishments Dina has under her belt. On the other side of the ring is Michael Lohan – over 6 years in jail, DUIs, random children with even randomer women, being violent towards his girlfriends, and talking to the press about how he’s not talking to the press anymore are some of Michael’s accomplishments. With parents like these, is it any wonder why Lindsay is the way she is?
Courtney Love Courtney Love is a hot mess and that title definitely passes over to her parenting skills. She was a shady parent from the start, admitting to Vanity Fair in 1992 that she took heroin while she was pregnant, though she stopped once she discovered she was with child. Love’s relationship with her daughter Frances has been plagued with drug overdoses, crazy Twitter rants, losing custody, restraining orders, and alleging that Dave Grohl hit on her daughter. It’s safe to assume that CPS was on speed dial for majority of Frances’ first eighteen years.
Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen, Father. If those 3 words don’t strike fear in your heart, then little else will. Sheen may be winning life with his warlock tiger blood, but he sure isn’t winning any fatherhood acclaim. After he split up with Denise Richards in 2005, the couple had no problem airing out their dirty laundry for the world to see, which included the earth-shattering surprise that Sheen visited prostitutes and Sheen, the ever-romantic, threatening to kill Richards. The situation was replayed when Sheen and Brooke Mueller divorced in 2010, with Mueller getting a restraining order against Sheen for making “descriptive” threats to her. If that’s “winning,” being a loser sounds pretty awesome right now.
Jaid Barrymore Drew Barrymore comes from a long line of esteemed and troubled actors, but it’s her mom that gets most of the slack when it comes to her. Drew is a paradigm for reformed wild child, and majority of her problems stemmed from her own mother teaching her how to party. Jaid allegedly took Drew to Studio 54 before Drew could even walk. Drew was smoking and drinking by 9, doing cocaine by 13, and had gone to rehab twice by the time she was 14. Luckily, Drew divorced her parents when she was 15 and ended up turning out better than ok.
Joe Jackson It’s no secret that Joe Jackson always had a bad relationship with his children, namely Michael, but he reminded us all exactly how low he’d go after Michael’s death in 2009. Joe used Michael’s death as a publicity vehicle, using events commemorating MJ’s career to promote his own business ventures. He also blamed Katherine Jackson for Michael’s death, because that’s just the kind of stand-up guy he is. Joe complained about the fact that Katherine couldn’t stop crying after losing her son, admitting, “I didn’t give her a hug because I was mad at her crying.” Sociopathic much?
Kris Jenner We can all thank Kris Jenner for unleashing the Krazy Kardashian Klan upon us. Though they claim to love each other dearly and be a close family unit, it’s pretty easy to see that Kris Jenner has the entire family by the proverbial balls. Kris all but admitted to brokering Kim’s sex tape, saying on an early episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, “As a mother, I wanted to kill her. But as a manager, I knew I had a job to do.” Kris also encouraged Kim to pose for Playboy in 2007, even though Kim was uncomfortable with the prospect. There’s also the fact that she had no qualms about her barely teenaged daughters dancing on a stripper pole (in her own house, no less).
Linda & Hulk Hogan The Hogan Family is basically Days of Our Lives with more peroxide and less Stefano, and at the center of it all is poor Brooke Hogan. First, Hulk Hogan cheated on Linda Hogan with one of Brooke’s female friends. Then, in a totally non-attempt to get back at Hulk, Linda ran off with one of Brooke’s male friends. If all that wasn’t bad enough, a sex tape of Hulk and Heather Clem, the estranged wife of Bubba the Love Sponge (yes, that’s what someone chooses to call themself) was suspiciously leaked onto the interwebs. Hulk may be a WWE superstar, but nobody wanted to see that. It’s one thing when celebs leak sex tapes, but celeb parents leaking sex tapes is a whole other shade of embarrassing.
Ryan O’Neal If there’s a perfect example of why people should have to be tested for competency before they become parents, Ryan O’Neal is it. Ryan is the reason why his son, Redmond, is also a drug addict, with the 2 of them sharing a touching father-son arrest for felony meth possession in 2008. His daughter, Tatum, also alleged claims of physical and emotional abuse on his part in her memoir and she’s no stranger to drug arrests either. Making things worse is the fact that Ryan admitted to hitting on Tatum at Farrah Fawcett’s funeral, stating, “I was just trying to be funny with a strange Swedish woman, and it's my daughter. It's so sick." At least we all agree on one thing, Ryan.
Chrisoula Workman The latest recruit in the Crazy Stage Parents Club is Chrisoula Workman, mother of Modern Family star Ariel Winter. In 2012, reports emerged that Ariel had been removed from her home due to her mother abusing her physically and emotionally. Ariel lived with her older sister Shannelle, who was also removed from the house by the Department of Children and Family Services and even lived in foster care for a while. Some of the things Chrisoula was accused of include name-calling, insults about weight, trying to ‘sexualize’ the then-14 year old, and even depriving Ariel of food. Instead of trying to solve her family’s problems, Chrisoula went all out on the offensive, spreading rumors about her daughter wanting to shack up with an 18-year-old and telling a judge not to believe Ariel, saying, “She’s an actress so I’m sure she can cry at the drop of a hat.” Wow. Hey Chrisoula, there’s this great guy that’s just perfect for you named Joe Jackson...
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Former Dawson'S Creek star Joshua Jackson tricked his girlfriend-of-seven-years Diane Kruger into having dinner with him after persuading her to have a quick drink with him. The actor tracked the German star to her hotel and asked her to join him at the bar, but she made it clear that it could only be a short meeting as she already had plans for the evening elsewhere.
She says, "He thinks he asked me out on a date, which is not true - because I would have not agreed to that. I agreed to have drinks with him... He was at the bar, so I went downstairs.
"I actually had plans with somebody else for dinner, so I know I didn't say yes to dinner... so we're sitting at the bar and it's nine o' clock and I'm ready to leave... and he says, 'OK, let's go, we have dinner reservations'. I felt really bad because he looked very eager and he put on a clean shirt and I said, 'OK, fine.'
"He took me to this romantic place, which is really awkward when you think of it - now I'm in a romantic setting... It's a little intense."
And the evening got progressively worse as Kruger's allergies kicked in.
She adds, "It (restaurant) was overgrown with these huge flowers, to which I had a huge allergic reaction to... I was sneezing and coughing, I couldn't say anything, my eyes were watery, and I thought, 'He's probably gonna say let's call it a day, let's go home...' and he talked about himself for an hour and a half non-stop because he was so embarrassed.
"Then he took me back to the hotel in his car, which was a piece of s**t... The door was eaten by his dog, it smelled so bad... It was not cute. And then he leans in for a kiss and I swear to God at the end, I was like, 'Should I slap him...?' It was very uncomfortable.
"I ran away, practically, and I thought, 'This guy is never going to call me again or talk to me,' and then he sent flowers the next day with a box of Kleenex (tissues)... That was kind of cute."
Michael Jackson's teenage son Prince ran into trouble with the law on Wednesday (17Jul13) by landing a speeding ticket, reports TMZ.com. Cops clocked the 16 year old doing 40 miles-per-hour (64 kilometres-per-hour) in a 25 mph (40 kph) zone and he will now have to pay a fine.