Over the past few days the rumor mill has been churning out all kinds of stories about Beyoncé's latest pregnancy — but it turns out those rumors are false.
Hot 97 Program Director Ebro Darden, otherwise known as Old Man Ebro, emailed Jay-Z to offer his congratulations, and Jay-Z emailed back saying the rumors weren't true. He reportedly said, "It's not true. The news is worse than blogs."
All the hoopla started after the Met Gala, when speculation began that Beyoncé's dress was showing off a possible baby bump. Then on Friday, E! News claimed that multiple sources confirmed she was pregnant with her second child.
Beyoncé is currently in the middle of The Mrs. Carter Show world tour, so a pregnancy is probably the last thing she needs right now. That's good news for everyone who was worried the tour might be canceled. It's not such good news for the people who were trying to find the perfect color/plant combination to name baby number two.
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Ruh roh, No Doubt is in trouble (with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Politically Correct!). After releasing the music video for their single "Looking Hot" on Saturday, the band got some major flack for including what some viewers felt were racist images of Native Americans. In the video, which has now been taken offline (but stills of which can still be seen on E!'s website), Gwen Stefani and her band are depicted wearing Native American garb and fighting cowboys. In addition to removing their video from the Internet, No Doubt posted an apology note on their website. They said, As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people. This is of great concern to us and we are removing the video immediately. The music that inspired us when we started the band, and the community of friends, family, and fans that surrounds us was built upon respect, unity and inclusiveness. We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video. Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.No Doubt is undoubtedly (ha!) not the first to anger their fans with a video that is deemed racist. Here are a bevy of other music videos that outraged viewers upon their release.
Florence and the Machine's "No Light, No Light"
Viewers and publications, such as Jezebel, called Florence and the Machine's depiction of Voodoo as a primitive witchcraft as racist. Jezebel said the video "feels like colonialism-promoting propaganda."
Madonna's "Like a Prayer"
Madonna caused an uproar by casting a black man to play Jesus in her 1989 video. Everyone from Pepsi to the Vatican had an opinion.
The Vapor's "Turning Japanese"
While people continue to debate the meaning behind the 1980 hit by British rock band The Vapors (is it really about masturbation?), it's clear that something is a little off about the video and lyrics. Guitarist Rob Kemp says, "It's a love song about somebody who had lost their girlfriend and was going slowly crazy, turning Japanese." So, why exactly is going crazy synonymous with turning Japanese? Something must be getting lost in translation.
Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us"
The New York Times slammed Jackson for using antisemitic slurs in his 1995 song "They Don't Care About Us." Jackson responded by saying his vocabulary was chosen deliberately to highlight the pain of discrimination. Even so, he issued a public apology and rerecorded the song with new lyrics (changing "Jew me" to "do me" and "kike me" to "strike me").
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UPDATE: Ted Nugent has backed up his NRA statements with even more controversial remarks during an appearance on politically conservative radio host Dana Loesch's show on Tuesday. "I'm a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally," Nugent said. "And there are some power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth." The comment was made in response to the attention the Secret Service has given to Nugent after his comments at the NRA convention.
According to E! Online, a spokesperson for the Secret Service has stated, "We are aware of the incident, and we are conducting appropriate follow-up," in regards to Nugent's NRA statements.
EARLIER:In the latest Ted Nugent news, the rock musician has gone on record to vocalize his animosity for President Barack Obama and his administration. On Saturday, April 14, Nugent appeared at a St. Louis convention for the National Rifle Association, where he delivered a speech supporting the election of Mitt Romney and dissing the reelection of Obama.
Nugent rallied his fellow NRA attendees to spread the message of voting for Romney. At one point in his speech, the musician declared, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year" — and admonished the present government for "wiping its ass with the constitution."
You can watch Nugent's speech in the video below.
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Jon Hamm chatted on Conan about traveling to England and disappointing the Brits with all of his girly drinks (which Conan enjoys with a few Starbursts tossed in). We also learn that he picks up his dog's poop, so in Hamm's words, "YOU'RE WELCOME L.A."
Keith Richards stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to, um, "answer" questions from fans on Twitter. It's kind of amazing that this guy is still walking, right? Let alone talking. Anyway, did anybody understand his mumbles? Eh, who cares. It's Keith Richards.
Chaz Bono talked with David Letterman on the Late Show about his female to male transformation and how his mom reacts today. Thankfully, Dave asks the question that's on everybody's mind: "There's nothing up with her, right?"
Dick Van Dyke treated Jay Leno and The Tonight Show audience to some of that classic Dick Van Dyke charm. He talked about being in a love triangle, heading to rehab and even gave a rendition of "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." It was all wonderful, mesmerizing and enthralling because, well, he's Dick Van Dyke.
Albert Brooks caught up with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show and revealed that he wants nothing more in life than to be Kate Middleton's "first Jew." Plus, he gave us some legit reasons as to why young people suck and will eventually just murder everyone older than them.
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Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) has a really bad rep and with good reason: Five years ago convicted killer Riddick escaped the galaxy's law enforcement during a botched interplanetary prison transfer and has been on the lam ever since. As The Chronicles of Riddick picks up our antagonist finds his relative freedom has been compromised when mercenaries out for the $1 million bounty on his head discover his location and hunt him down. Riddick escapes their clutches steals their ship and sets off for Planet Helion to find Imam (Keith David) the Muslim cleric he rescued in Pitch Black and the only person who could have squealed his location to authorities. But while Riddick's hunch about Imam are correct the cleric has a reason for luring the mammoth murderer out of hiding: Helion is falling to unholy armies of Necromongers--warriors who conquer by force in the vein of Star Trek's Borg. Of course Riddick doesn't give a damn about the Helions or their plight--until he gets wind that the Necromogers want to kill him because of an old prophecy that foresees their end at Riddick's hands. Like it or not Riddick is left with no other choice but to battle the Necromongers.
The character of Riddick is unquestionably what made Pitch Black one of the most sequel-worthy sci-fi films in years. And Riddick would not have been one of sci-fi's most intoxicating characters if it weren't for Diesel. Like his Dominic Toretto in the 2001 actioner The Fast and the Furious Riddick is a villain of few words but when he speaks his carefully chosen words have impact--even if the dialogue is at times overly theatrical. Riddick is the perfect antihero; a cold-blooded and indifferent being who somehow evokes more compassion than the film's so-called good guys. Joining Riddick are some recurring characters including David as Imam but Riddick benefits the most from the addition of some new characters particularly Colm Feore as Lord Marshal the Necromonger leader whose goal is to rid the universe of all human life. Feore channeling nuggets of Julius Caesar into his role makes for one of Riddick's most thrilling foes. Another prominent addition to the cast is Judi Dench who has a surprisingly small role as Aereon an Elemental captured by the Necromongers and used for her special powers including ESP.
Writer/director David Twohy took his horror pic Pitch Black which gained a cult following since it was released four years ago and managed to successfully turn it into an sci-fi actioner of epic proportions. Everything is grander here which is almost a given considering Twohy shot Pitch Black on a dime in Australia using colored filters. In Riddick the director distinguishes the film's different environments--the Necros' mothership Crematoria's cavernous prison and Helion--using warm to cool tones that are dazzling yet more subtle than its predecessor. The CGI effects get a little gamey at times but production designer Holger Gross' gargantuan sets are impressive and help craft Twohy's otherworldly vision into a plausible one. And although Twohy jumps genres from Pitch Black to its sequel his storyline evolves logically from the original premise. But while moviegoers unfamiliar with Pitch Black will be able to follow the story easily enough they may have a difficult time grasping what makes Riddick such a big deal; the film explains the legend but never fully captures its quintessence. This could hurt Riddick's chances to broaden its Pitch Black fan base.
Whitney Houston played an imaginary piano, had trouble keeping her eyes open, bragged about how a "Jew guy" made her bracelet, and compared hanging with a junkie to hanging with a president during an interview for an upcoming magazine profile. Whitney Houston, left, with husband Bobby Brown The disclosures from Jane magazine come a day after the singer's camp tried to shoot down reports that she'd been canned from Sunday's Oscars telecast because she kept flubbing her routine in rehearsals. (According to Houston, she chose to sit out the show due to a sore throat.)
In the Jane interview, to be featured in the mag's May issue, Houston was asked by interviewer Tony Romando if she'd ever met a president or kicked back with a junkie.
"Sure," Houston reportedly said, adding that the junkie and the president are the same dudes.
"The president gets off on the country," Houston told the mag. "The junkie gets off on a couple of hits. They're the same, both cut from the same cloth, they're just men, you dig?"
Houston didn't dig in for her Jane chat until four hours after she was scheduled to arrive, the magazine says. When she did show, Romando says "she was extremely unfocused, had trouble keeping her eyes open and kept singing and playing an imaginary piano on the table."
"I guess laughing gas can do that to you." (Houston had told him she'd just come from the dentist.)
In the New York Daily News, Houston publicist Nancy Seltzer said she'd "never heard Whitney use language like that" -- including the singer's reference to the "Jew guy on Diamond Row in New York" who made her gold and diamond bracelet.
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