Singer-turned-TV personality Jessica Simpson and her husband-to-be Eric Johnson have reportedly scrapped their plans to get married in Italy. The couple had long been rumoured to have set its sights on exchanging vows in Capri, where Simpson celebrated her 30th birthday in 2010, but sources tell Us Weekly magazine the plans have changed, and the star is now keen to get married in Los Angeles.
One insider tells the publication, "They decided to keep it simple."
Simpson recently revealed she has a date for the big day in mind but she isn't releasing details to the media.
She said, "(I'm) super excited... It'll be soon enough."
Simpson, who was previously married to 98 Degrees star Nick Lachey, and Johnson are parents to daughter Maxwell, 22 months, and son Ace, eight months.
Rapper Da Brat has opened up about her close friend Mariah Carey's previous marriage to music executive Tommy Mottola, claiming the singer was constantly monitored by cameras at the couple's lavish home. The Funkdafied hitmaker first met the Hero superstar while working on the remix to Carey's hit Always Be My Baby in 1995, and they have collaborated on numerous tracks ever since.
Da Brat has now recalled her first meeting with Carey to Billboard magazine, revealing she immediately felt a connection with her.
She recalls, "I felt like she was just like me, but she had to keep it shielded. She wanted to do the things I did and talk the way I talked. She was signed to Sony and had this reputation to uphold of being a diva. That's why we jelled. She was living through me and we became the best of friends. We're both Aries and both like to have fun that's why we say we're 'eternally 12', because we're kids."
Da Brat was by Carey's side during some of the more trying times in her life, including the rise and fall of her five-year marriage to Columbia Records executive Mottola, which ultimately ended in divorce in 1998.
Da Brat divulges, "She was so down to earth, but her circumstances didn't allow her to do things. We'd be in the studio at Tommy Mottola's house and she'd whisper because cameras were everywhere. It's like she was trapped. I had never seen someone have everything, but be so unhappy inside because they couldn't be themselves."
Carey went on to marry comedian/actor Nick Cannon in 2008, and welcomed twins Monroe and Moroccan in 2011.
R&B singer Bobby Brown had no idea his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown secretly married her 'adopted' brother Nick Gordon last month (Jan14). Gordon was informally adopted by Bobbi's mother, Whitney Houston, when he was just 12 years old. His friendship with Bobbi Kristina turned into romance and the pair married in a secret ceremony in January (14).
Her father, New Edition star Brown, has now revealed he was unaware of the nuptials, telling TMZ.com, "She didn't get married... she's still single."
Brown admitted he was not invited to the wedding and added, "I don't have much to say about it. If she says she is (married)... I don't know about it."
The couple is reportedly planning a lavish second ceremony this summer (14).
Nick Lachey made his debut as the host of U.S. breakfast TV show Big Morning Buzz Live on Monday (03Mar14), returning to the same stage which helped launch his career over 15 years ago. The 98 Degrees star became the official presenter for the pop culture news show on America's VH1 network, which films in the heart of Times Square in New York City in the same studio that used to house popular MTV music video countdown show Total Request Live in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
And it was not lost on the singer that the home of his new daytime talk show career is where his band got their big break.
He admitted, "It's kind of a surreal, out-of-body moment for me. I mean, I look around this studio and I have so many memories of being in this space, you know back in the day, on TRL. Actually 1999, New Year's Eve, I was standing right over there with my buddies from 98 Degrees, we performed and brought in the new year."
The studio is also where he first met his now wife, Vanessa Lachey, who used to serve as a presenter on TRL.
Lachey adds, "Seeing my career launch from this point, it's crazy to be back in the studio all these years later. My now wife interviewed me in this space. It is a full circle moment."
The singer/host kicked off his first show in an unusual way - guest Sophia Bush showed off the skills she has learned from her new show Chicago PD (Police Department) by handcuffing Lachey, and he stayed locked up for half of the show.
Mariah Carey's twins are to make their recording debut on their mother's next album. The singer is mum to two-year-old Moroccan and Monroe, with her husband Nick Cannon, and she has revealed the youngsters will be featured in a new song after she recorded their parts on her cell phone.
She tells People.com, "It's a song that I wrote with (songwriter) Bryan-Michael Cox and (producer) Jermaine Dupri. There's a part that Jermaine says on the song that (the kids) loved, and Monroe started to say it. I kept having to get my iPhone and record her. So I have all these different takes of her saying things, singing things. Then I'd be like, 'This is your new ad lib - learn it!' I have to make it fun for her."
Carey's new record, The Art of Letting Go, is due for release in May (14).
The stars of the Black Eyed Peas are mourning the death of a close friend. Nick Lauher, who worked as part of the band's management team, passed away earlier this month (Feb14).
The news has devastated the bandmembers, including singer Fergie, who expressed her grief in a series of posts on her Twitter.com page, writing, "R.I.P. Nick Lauher, my friend. Truly one of the sweetest guys I've ever met. Heaven couldn't wait for you. Angel love BEP (Black Eyed Peas) family... R.I.P... so sad."
She also posted a picture of herself posing with Lauher on a private jet.
British pop star Cheryl Cole also passed on her condolences following Lauher's death by reposting Fergie's tweets on her own Twitter.com page.
Singer Nick Jonas is to play a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in a new TV drama. The Jonas Brothers hunk is returning to the small screen full time in Navy St., which centres on a former fighter played by Frank Grillo, who runs an MMA gym.
Jonas is set to play Grillo's on-screen son, a star fighter who lands a contract to go professional with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Jonas, who disbanded his group the Jonas Brothers last year (13), has previously appeared in TV shows such as Hawaii Five-O and Smash.
Navy St. will mark his first regular role on the small screen since he co-starred with his brothers on Disney Channel sitcom Jonas in 2010.
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Treading water at the very surface of RoboCop, there is an idea. A dense concept, ready and willing to provide no dearth of dissection for any eager student of philosophy, psychology, political science, physics — hell, any of the Ps. To simplify the idea on hand: What separates man from machine? It's a question that is not just teased by the basic premise of José Padilha's remake of the 1987 sci-fi staple, but asked outright by many of its main characters. And then never really worried about again.
We have principal parties on both sides of the ethical quandary that would place the security of our crime-ridden cities in the hands of automatons. Samuel L. Jackson plays a spitfire Bill O'Reilly who wonders why America hasn't lined its streets with high-efficiency officer droids. Zach Grenier, as a moralistic senator, gobbles his way through an opposition to the Pro-boCop movement. We hear lecture after lecture from pundits, politicians, business moguls (a money-hungry Michael Keaton heads the nefarious OmniCorp...) and scientists (...while his top doc Gary Oldman questions the nature of his assignments while poking at patients' brains and spouting diatribes about "free will"), all working their hardest to lay thematic groundwork. Each character insists that we're watching a movie about the distinction between human and artificial intelligence. That even with an active brain, no robot can understand what it means to have a heart. But when Prof. Oldman tempers his hysterical squawking and Samuel L. Hannity rolls his closing credits, we don't see these ideas taking life.
In earnest, the struggle of rehabilitated police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) — nearly killed in the line of duty and turned thereafter into OmniCorp's prototype RoboCop — doesn't seem to enlist any of the questions that his aggravated peers have been asking. Murphy is transformed not just physically, but mentally — robbed of his decision-making ability and depleted of emotional brain chemicals — effectively losing himself in the process. But the journey we see take hold of Murphy is not one to reclaim his soul, although the movie touts it as such. It's really just one to become a better robot.
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Meanwhile, RoboCop lays down its motives, and hard: Murphy's wife and son (Abbie Cornish and a puckish young John Paul Ruttan) lament the loss of Alex, condemning his dehumanization at the hands of Raymond Sellars' (Keaton) capitalistic experiments, and sobbing out some torrential pathos so you know just how deep this company is digging. Weaselly stooges (Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Jackie Earl Haley) line the OmniCorp roster with comical wickedness. Overseas, killer combat bots take down peaceful villages, unable to work empathetic judgment into their decision to destroy all deemed as "threats." And at the top, figures of power and money like Sellars and Pat Novak (Jackson) speak the loudest and harshest, literally justifying their agenda with a call for all naysayers to "stop whining." Clearly, RoboCop has something to say.
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And when it's devoted to its outrage, RoboCop is terrifically charming. The buzzing political world is just a tiny step closer to ridiculous than our own; the pitch meetings at OmniCorp are fun enough to provoke a ditching of all the material outside of the company walls. And one particular reference to The Wizard of Oz shows that the movie isn't above having fun with its admittedly silly premise. But it loses its magic when it steps away from goofy gimmicks and satirical monologues and heads back into the story. We don't see enough of Murphy grappling with the complicated balance between his conflicting organic and synthetic selves. In fact, we don't see enough "story" in Murphy at all. First, he's a dad and a cop. Then, he's a RoboCop. But can he also be a RoboDad? With all of its ranting and raving about the question, the film doesn't seem to concerned with actually figuring out the answer.
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Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter skipped his sister's wedding in California on Saturday (08Feb14) to celebrate his own impending nuptials with his fiancee in Las Vegas. The pop star was noticeably absent as his family, including younger brother Aaron, joined model Angel Carter at her wedding to Corey Conrad at the Newhall Mansion in Piru, reports UsMagazine.com.
Instead, Nick headed to Sin City with his fitness expert partner, Lauren Kitt, to throw a huge joint bash at the Ghostbar venue.
The couple combined its bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the singer documented the night in a series of pictures posted on his Twitter.com page.
Carter proposed to Kitt last February (13).