Dog adoption officials insisted on checking out John Legend's tour bus before agreeing to let the All Of Me singer and his model wife Chrissy Teigen sign on to take charge of a three-legged dog. The couple fell in love with Penny at a Los Angeles shelter, but bosses there were far from convinced the couple would make perfect pet owners and asked to tour Legend's home on wheels, where the pooch would spend part of her life.
Teigen explains, "We filled out an application and the woman from the rescue was like, 'Well, I know you're a musician and I know musicians are into drugs...' She goes, 'I need to see John's motor home'.
"She came on the tour bus - John was touring through Savannah (Georgia) - checked it out to make sure there were no loose wires or meth or whatever. Penny was a serious purchase."
Actor Tracy Morgan has left a rehabilitation centre following the horrific traffic accident last month (Jun14) that left him in intensive care. The 30 Rock star was seriously injured when a Walmart truck slammed into the back of the limousine he was travelling in in New Jersey, killing his colleague James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and hospitalising several others along with Morgan.
He was moved to a physical rehabilitation centre after his condition was upgraded from critical to fair, and editors at TMZ.com now report the TV star has been discharged from the facility and will continue his recovery at home.
A representative for Morgan tells the website, "He (Tracy) asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point."
Driver Kevin Roper stands accused of falling asleep at the wheel and causing the multi-vehicle accident, and Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart for negligence, alleging company bosses should have known Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours and that his drive from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable".
Roper denies charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
More than a hundred well-wishers gathered in New Jersey on Monday night (07Jul14) to hold a prayer vigil for a comedian injured in a car crash with Tracy Morgan last month (Jun14). Ardie Fuqua was among those hurt in the 7 June (14) traffic accident which killed comic writer James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and left fellow funnyman Morgan fighting for his life after the limousine they were travelling in collided with a truck.
The 30 Rock star was recently transferred from hospital to a rehabilitation facility, while his pal Fuqua, 43, who sustained a brain injury, is also facing a long recovery in rehab.
Fuqua was the focus of a prayer meeting and candlelit vigil held on the street where he lives in Jersey City on Monday, a month after the horrific crash. His friends, family members and neighbours were among those who turned out holding candles, and the street was adorned with green and black ribbons.
Reverend Dorothy Patterson, of Fuqua's family church, led the service and told the Jersey Journal newspaper, "We wanted to just gather as a community, as a family, just to let (the Fuqua family) know that there are people all over praying for them... It's a very close community. Ardie was born and raised on this block, so they all know him," while the funnyman's father, Ardie Fuqua Sr., adds "(It) lets me know that the people care. It lets me know that the people see me when I don't think they see me."
Kevin Roper, 35, from Georgia, has pleaded guilty to a number of charges stemming from the deadly crash. He was driving a truck for U.S. superstore Walmart and is accused of falling asleep at the wheel.
Actor Eric Dane proposed to his wife Rebecca Gayheart on a whim after she dared him to make her his wife. The Grey's Anatomy star reveals he was terrified to pop the question to Gayheart, but insists it was the best decision he made because the impulsive gesture led to a wedding that night.
He explains, "We were having dinner at a restaurant and she asked me if I ever did anything impulsive and I said, 'Like what? Ask someone to marry me?' and she said, 'Yeah, something like that,' and I said, 'Do you want to marry me...?'
"I was terrified and she said, 'Yes,' I said, 'Cheque,' we got the cheque, jumped in my car, we got the last flight out of Los Angeles to Las Vegas. We've been happily married ever since and we have two beautiful little girls."
The couple eloped in 2004. The stars are parents to daughters Billie, four, and Georgia, two.
The Kinks rocker Ray Davies was forced to miss his induction into America's Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday (12Jun14) following the death of his sister. The musician was one of the big names selected by museum officials in May (14) but he skipped the ceremony in New York City after his sibling Joyce passed away.
The Waterloo Sunset hitmaker accepted the honour via video, and he also took to Facebook.com to write, "I am profoundly honoured to have been inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and disappointed not to have been at the event in New York but I felt it necessary to be near my family at this sad time of my sisters (sic) funeral.
"I wish to thank everyone at the Songwriters Hall of Fame who voted for me and give a special thanks to all the loyal Kinks fans who have stood by us all these years. I hope to repay such loyal support by trying my best to continue to write songs in the future that are worthy of such an accolade."
Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to pay tribute to Davies at the ceremony, performing his hits You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night at the end of the show.
Other acts honoured included Scottish singer Donovan, Graham Gouldman of the band 10cc, singer/songwriter Mark James, who penned Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds, and Jim Weatherly, who is known for writing Gladys Knight & The Pips hits Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia.
Performers such as Miguel, Chita Rivera, Chubby Checker and Jackie Evancho also took to the stage at the event.
Music producer-turned-reality TV star Stevie J has been released on $25,000 (£15,625) bond following his arrest in Georgia for allegedly failing to pay over $1 million (£625,000) in child support payments. The Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star was taken into custody on Monday (09Jun14) after he was accused of failing to pay an ex-girlfriend a total of $1,107,412 (£692,132) in back child support for their two children.
Following his release on Wednesday (11Jun14), he told the Associated Press, "It feels great. I'm home with my wife. I'm just ready to get this behind me."
In 1999, Stevie J, who used to date rapper Eve, was ordered to pay nearly $6,600 (£4,125) per month in child support and in 2011, the amount was increased to $8,600 (£5,375).
Prosecutors claim he has not sent any payments for several years, but his lawyer, Daniel Meachum, insists the allegations are false.
Meachum says, "We plan on proving that if there is an amount owed, it is definitely not a million dollars, nor anything close to that amount."
Former 90210 star Annalynne Mccord took her own virginity at the age of 12 with a sex toy because she was terrified about going to hell if she had intercourse before marriage. The actress' father was a strict Georgia pastor who drilled the shame of sex into his daughters at an early age. Her religious upbringing affected her views on sex and when her sister started talking about the birds and the bees, Annalynne decided to take her own virginity.
In a new interview with Access Hollywood she explains, "I associated (sex) and this is probably tapping into what Sigmund Freud has always said, which is that everything in life is about sex except for sex, and that's about power. And for me it was about power, it was about, 'No one's gonna take this from me'." Sex became a big part of McCord's life after she persuaded her parents to let her move to Miami, Florida to pursue a modelling career in her teens.
She had her first "down there" sexual experience with a 29-year-old boyfriend when she was just 15, insisting he knew how old she was. McCord also recently opened up about a rape experience in Hollywood when she was 18, and today she blames her strict upbringing for her confusion about sex, adding, "What I took from the spankings was... 'Those who love me hit me' was played over in my mind and acted out in my life time and time again in my formative years. So my brain was formed around this belief system. It was a core thought system. "There was no question of whether it was right or wrong or made sense. It was just the way it was. That was just it... 'I'm not enjoying it because it's not painful enough'. It's crazy."
Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan were crowned the kings of the 2014 CMT Music Awards after they each took home two trophies at the TV network's annual prizegiving on Wednesday (05Jun14). Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard earned prizes for Duo Video of the Year as well as Collaborative Video of the Year for This is How We Roll featuring Bryan.
The Drunk On You hitmaker landed a second award, CMT Performance of the Year, for a separate duet with Lionel Richie thanks to their Oh No/All Night Long set from the 2012 CMT Artists of the Year TV special.
The trio dominated the show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from the start of the ceremony, when they were joined by ZZ Top and R&B star Jason Derulo to sing and dance to a mash-up of his song Talk Dirty and Florida Georgia Line's This is How We Roll to kick off the programme.
It was also a big night for Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, and Miranda Lambert, who won the Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, respectively. This is the second year in a row in which the trio has taken the top honours.
The ceremony, which was hosted by three-time emcee Kristen Bell, also included sets from Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town.
John Legend sang a special version of his hit All of Me arranged by Hunter Hayes, while Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles joined in with vocals, and Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves took on Alan Jackson's Livin on Love just before Underwood presented him with the first-ever CMT Impact Award.
The top winners are:
Video of the Year - See You Again by Carrie Underwood
Female Video of the Year - Automatic by Miranda Lambert
Male Video of the Year - Doin' What She Likes by Blake Shelton
Group Video of the Year - Done by The Band Perry
Duo Video of the Year - Round Here by Florida Georgia Line
Breakthrough Video of the Year - Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope
Collaborative Video of the Year - This is How We Roll by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
CMT Performance of the Year - Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie for Oh No/All Night Long from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Impact Award - Alan Jackson
R&B star Usher has refused the chance to defend his protegee Justin Bieber following his racist joke scandal, fleeing in a car when he was asked to comment on the furore. The Baby singer issued a public apology on Sunday (01Jun14) after the emergence of footage showing him using the 'N-word' and grinning in amusement. The clip sparked outrage, and Bieber later called it a "reckless and immature mistake", adding that he was just 15 years old when the video was shot and he "didn't understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt".
His famous pals, including boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and rapper Soulja Boy, have stepped up to defend the troubled star over the controversy, but Usher - who has mentored the singer since he was an unknown teenager - pointedly declined the chance to speak out for his young charge on Monday (02Jun14). The Burn hitmaker was spotted leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles, and when he was asked by a reporter from TMZ.com about the Bieber incident, he broke into a run, leaped into a waiting sports utility vehicle (SUV), and sped away without a word.
Earlier this week (beg02Jun14), Mayweather, Jr. showed his support for Bieber by posting a picture of the pair together on his Instagram page, adding in a caption, "Justin has been nothing but kind to me, my daughters and sons over the years. We all make mistakes when we are young, it's part of growing up. I am proud of what he's doing as a 20 year old musician and business man."
Bieber has also received support from fellow musician Soulja Boy, who tells TMZ.com, "I talked to Justin yesterday. I called him. He (is) in Cancun (in Mexico). We spoke about it. It's really just so old man. He was 15... The footage was super old. It was a very touchy, serious situation, but we all slip up, we all make mistakes and I told him, man I said, 'You're a great person...' He said, 'Thank you... for having my back.' It is what it is. Let the kid live. We all slip up, we all make mistakes. Y'all know he's not racist. I'm his homie, all his homies is black (sic)... he's not racist."
A movie hairstylist who fractured her arm during the tragic train crash which killed a camera assistant on the set of The Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider has filed suit against rocker Gregg Allman and the film's producers. Joyce Gilliard was one of six crewmembers injured on 20 February (14), when Sarah Jones was fatally struck by an oncoming train as they shot landscape footage on a trestle in rural Wayne County, Georgia.
Production on the film, based on Allman's memoirs, immediately ground to a halt and lead actor William Hurt, who had raised questions about staff safety in an email to a friend days before the incident, subsequently quit the project.
Last week (21May14), Jones' parents launched legal action against 10 individuals involved in the film, including executive producer Allman and director Randall Miller, and now Gilliard has followed their lead.
She filed papers in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday (28May14), claiming injuries she sustained as she tried to race to safety from the oncoming train have left her with post-traumatic stress.
Gilliard did not detail the extent of her ailments, which she alleges have become permanent, but she previously revealed, "The pressure from the train was so strong it pulled me off what I was holding onto and it snapped my arm."
Allman and his fellow defendants have yet to comment on the new lawsuit, but the veteran rocker's attorney recently criticised the Jones family's decision to include him in their wrongful death case, insisting his client had nothing to do with selecting shooting locations or "the actual physical production of the film".
An investigation into the accident is ongoing, but officials have stated that Miller and his crew had permission to be on the property, but not on the train tracks themselves. Local authorities have yet to decide whether to file criminal charges in the case.
Allman had also tried to sue Miller and his production company in early May (14) in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker subsequently dropped the lawsuit after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.