The son of late soul icon Marvin Gaye is recovering at his Los Angeles home after undergoing a successful kidney transplant. Marvin Gaye III, who is also a singer, went public with his health battle in September (13), during an appearance on U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, when he desperately appealed for an organ donor after suffering kidney failure as a result of complications from diabetes.
A Cincinnati, Ohio man named Rick Greene stepped forward to offer his help, reports the Associated Press.
Gaye, who had been receiving dialysis treatment for the past three years, underwent the transplant operation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center last week (ends30May14) and the 47 year old has since been discharged to recuperate at home.
The son of late soul legend Marvin Gaye is desperately seeking an organ donor after suffering kidney failure. Singer Marvin Gaye III, 46, reveals he has been receiving dialysis treatment for the past three years after experiencing complications from diabetes, but is still waiting for a transplant as medics have yet to find a suitable match.
He has now issued a public appeal to members of ethnic minorities to sign up as donors in an effort to draw attention to the challenges faced by black and Hispanic communities, in particular, in need of organ transplants, reports the Associated Press.
Pharrell Williams has spoken out about his involvement in a legal battle with Marvin Gaye's family over his hit collaboration with Robin Thicke, insisting Blurred Lines is "completely different" to a track by the music legend. The Gaye family and bosses at Bridgeport Music, who own the rights to George Clinton's band Funkadelic's compositions, claim Blurred Lines bears striking similarities to Gaye's Got to Give It Up and Funkadelic's track Sexy Ways.
The allegation prompted Williams, Thicke and their collaborator T.I. to take pre-emptive legal action in a bid to protect their song, filing paperwork at a court in California seeking a judgement ruling Gaye's heirs cannot make a copyright claim.
Williams has now given his opinion on the case, insisting Blurred Lines sounds nothing like Gaye's song.
He tells the Associated Press, "I'm a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch... If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music. It's completely different... (Gaye) is the king of all kings, so let's be clear about that. And we take our hats off to him. But anybody that plays music and reads music, just simply go to the piano and play the two (songs). One's minor and one's major. And not even in the same key."
Hollywood and Broadway has lost a legend: Marvin Hamlisch, the celebrated composer behind such masterpieces as the beloved Broadway staple A Chorus Line and the score for classic films including The Sting, Sophie's Choice, The Way We Were, Bananas, Ice Castles, and Ordinary People has passed away at the age of 68.
According to a statement released by Hamlisch's publicist to the Associated Press, the Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist died on Monday, August 6 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. No other details were given. He recently penned the score to a musical of The Nutty Professor, which, according to his publicist he was scheduled to fly to Nashville this week to see in production. Hamlisch, a Julliard graduate, ran the pop culture gamut from Hollywood to Broadway and beyond. In addition to the more than 40 films that he scored (including, most recently, 2009's The Informant!) and his famous Broadway efforts (in addition to A Chorus Line, he also wrote the music for The Goodbye Girl and Sweet Smell of Success) the prolific star wrote pop hits for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand (the timeless theme song to "The Way We Were"); appeared on screen (he played himself in the romantic comedy How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days); and was a principal pops conductor for symphony orchestras in Pasadena, New York, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Dallas, Seattle and San Diego. His final film score was for Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!. According to the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Symphony and Pops President Melinda Shea said Hamlisch's death was unexpected. "He'd pulled a back muscle recently, but there was nothing serious. He had some really wonderful new endeavors," Shea told the Times, adding, "It's just such a tragedy that this has happened, when he was still so young." Hamlisch, who famously caught the eye of Gilda Radner's nerdy Lisa Loopner on Saturday Night Live, is survived by his wife of 25 years, Terre Blaire who he resided in New York with. On his official website there's a quote from Hamlisch that reads, "Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can." It's safe to say with the unparalleled legacy he leaves behind, Hamlisch did just that. [Photo credit: WENN.com]
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The grandson of billionaire businessman Marvin Davis, who was part of the last series of U.S. reality show Celebrity Rehab, was picked up by cops in Newport Beach on 27 January (11) for alleged drug possession and placed on $20,000 (£13,330) bail.
Now he has been formally charged for the offence, and was also charged with misdemeanours of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia, reports TMZ.com.
According to legal documents from the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Davis was allegedly high on a "central nervous system stimulant (prescription medication) and narcotic analgesic (painkillers)" at the time he was arrested.
He faces up to three years behind bars if he is convicted of all the charges.
Following his arrest Davis released a statement accusing his family members of calling cops and releasing details to the press in a bid to boost their own public image.
The day before his run-in with police Davis also appeared on a live reunion episode of Celebrity Rehab, in which he insisted he had been clean since completing treatment last year (10).
The grandson of billionaire businessman Marvin Davis was arrested in Newport Beach, California on Thursday night (27Jan11). He is now facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance and has been released on $20,000 (£13,330) bail, reports TMZ.com.
According to the website, Davis fired off a statement after his release in which he accuses his family of calling cops and releasing details of his arrest to the press in a bid to boost their own public image.
Davis says, "I am shocked that my family would once again alert the police, and media, about a personal family matter simply to promote their own public image. You don't see Charlie Sheen's family calling the cops on him."
And he believes the drugs found by cops may have been part of a cruel set up, adding, "Authorities are investigating whether a certain family member planted the drugs in my home."
Davis' arrest came a day after he appeared on a live reunion episode of Celebrity Rehab, on which he starred last year (10) in a bid to get professional help for his addictions. On the show, which aired in the U.S. on Wednesday (26Jan11), he insisted he had been clean since completing treatment.
A ray of light in the ongoing Travolta tragedy …
Authorities in the Bahamas have detained an island lawmaker and a paramedic in an alleged plot to extort money from actor John Travolta after the death of his son, The Associated Press reports.
One of the suspects, ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne, was detained on Friday. He was quoted in some tabloids, describing efforts to revive the celebrity's chronically ill son, Jett, who died of a seizure this month at their family vacation home on Grand Bahama.
As well, Sen. Pleasant Bridgewater, an attorney from Grand Bahama, has been held for questioning since Thursday, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames told AP.
Dames said Lightbourne was detained after police issued an alert that he was wanted for attempted extortion, was "considered dangerous and should be approached with caution."
The alleged extortion plot has not been revealed in its entirety, only that the extortionists claimed they would release pictures of Jett, as he lay dying, unless they were paid money. Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston returned home to Florida with the ashes of their 16-year-old son, and Travolta's spokesperson said Friday he has no comment.
Let’s hope justice will be served quickly.
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Steven Spielberg is promising film fans and critics his new movie about the 1972 Olympics will hit cinemas on time next month, even though composer John Williams is struggling with the score.
Spielberg is in a real race to complete the film, Munich, in time for the all-important Oscars consideration period this side of Christmas—even though the film seems far from finished, according to new movie-awards website TheEnvelope.com.
The controversial drama about the hunting down of Palestinian militants who killed 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games only finished filming in late September and Williams has yet to record a single note for the soundtrack.
But Spielberg insists his film will hit cinemas on time.
The director's spokesman Marvin Levy says, "There aren't many movies like this, which start shooting around July 1 and plan to be in theatres on Dec. 23. But it will get done. Munich's production is moving forward exactly as it should."
According to the new Los Angeles Times website, which will monitor all the movie awards leading up to the Oscars, Dec. 8 is the last possible day Munich can be considered for the early press awards. Golden Globe ballots are due on Dec. 10.
Many critics, who vote on the ballots, have been told they'll see the film in early December.
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Frenchie Davis, the American Idol semifinalist whose unconventional style but full-voiced performances were a popular addition to the show, has been removed from competition, USA Today reports, because she has acknowledged to the producers that she worked for a porn website four years ago. Fox says she'll be replaced during the Feb. 25 episode.
In a City News Service report, the prosecutor in the case against actor Paul Reubens said the comedian did indeed own a collection of child pornography. Deputy City Attorney Richard Kraft filed court documents Wednesday in response to a defense motion to dismiss the case against Reubens, who was arrested last November for possessing child pornography after authorities searched his home. Kraft states the actor had "an enormous quantity of pornography [including] a collection of child pornography magazines, photographs and movies of nude children, variously involved in sexual acts.'' Reubens has pleaded innocent to the charges and his attorney maintains Reubens' rights have been violated in the case.
State officials postponed a hearing today to determine if rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight should be sent back to prison for violating his parole by allegedly associating with gang members, according to City News Service. The hearing on whether to revoke parole was delayed because the California Board of Prison Terms "wanted to review our decision about whether he could have legal representation at the hearing," said Bill Sessa, the panel's liaison.
Phil Spector is claiming the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his $1.1 million mansion last week was accidental, according to the Associated Press. Marvin Mitchelson, a prominent divorce attorney and Spector's good friend, told AP, "I believe his defense will be that this was a tragic accident…I've spoken with various individuals connected with the case, and I'm 100 percent certain it's not a homicide." Spector's lawyer, Robert Shapiro, has not made a public announcement about the case as yet.
Tough guy Steven Seagal testified against members of the Gambino crime family Tuesday, claiming they have been threatening him and trying to extort money after he fell out with his former business partner, Julius Nasso. Reuters reports the actor said in a statement outside the courthouse, "In the movies, I play a tough action hero, but I have feelings. I have been a victim twice: once, the victim of the crimes which are now on trial, once again as the victim of a vicious smear campaign aimed at discrediting me."
Yeah, baby! Mike Myers will receive the Jack Benny Award for Comedy Achievement Wednesday at the University of California, Los Angeles campus, City News Service reports. Past recipients include Johnny Carson, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and Whoopi Goldberg.
Variety reports Robert Redford will join Jennifer Lopez in the drama An Unfinished Life to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat). The film centers on a single mother (Lopez) who is forced to live with her estranged father-in-law when she hits financial hardship. Of course, the two eventually find a peace between them.
According to Reuters, the Advertising Standards Authority, a British ad watchdog, chastised 20th Century Fox for sending out "menacing" mobile phone ads for the DVD release of the film Minority Report. The organization received several complaints from people who found the DVD message "offensive." In the ad message, Tom Cruise's voice is heard saying lines from the film but does not identify itself as a promotion until the end. A studio home entertainment division spokesperson told Reuters the message was sent only to people who registered to receive information about upcoming DVD releases.
Variety reports Fox paid well over $2 million in a deal with Michael Jackson to air the pop singer's own cut from the video footage of his recent controversial interview with British journalist Martin Bashir. Called Michael Jackson Take 2: The Interview They Wouldn't Show You will air Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Can't wait.
Pepsi will pay several million dollars to urban charities to stave off a threatened boycott after the soft drink company yanked an ad campaign with controversial black rapper Ludacris, Reuters reports. Orchestrated by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, the agreement was made to give money to grassroots nonprofit organizations targeting disadvantaged youths.
Major studios are loving their home video departments right about now. Variety reports DVD and VHS sales and rentals reached an all-time high of $20.3 billion in 2002--$12.1 billion sold, $8.2 billion rented. Warner Home Video (which also includes New Line Home Video) came in first, taking about 23.5 percent of home entertainment sales and rentals ($4.4 billion), with Disney Home Video (which includes Miramax and Dimension), coming in at No. 2 with 18.2 percent ($3.7 billion). Disney claimed top title in 2002, however, with Monsters, Inc. bringing in $384.8 million in DVD and VHS sales, with New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring coming in second at $380.1 million and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man third with $348 million. Combined with box office grosses, movie lovers spent more than $30 billion in entertainment in 2002, making the movie biz one of the only growth industries in an otherwise slow economy.
Watch out, folks--Eminem is venturing into the rag trade. People.com reports the rapper, aka Marshall Mathers II, has signed a licensing deal with Nesi Apparel to create a sportswear label called "Shady," named after one of his other alter egos, Slim Shady. The collection should be in retail stores by late summer. How is this going to alleviate his recent lament, "I'm just getting too big for my own good"?
A man who stole 124 wedding rings in hopes of winning the heart of supermodel Claudia Schiffer was sent to a psychiatric clinic by a Berlin court Tuesday. It ruled the 32-year-old man was a danger to society after he held up a jewelry store Sept. 27 using a toy pistol and Halloween mask. Reuters reports the man told the court, "I was only thinking about Claudia Schiffer. I needed so many rings so that she could pick one out. Besides, I wasn't sure about her ring size." Well, that sounds like a valid point.
According to The Associated Press, Steven Seagal has filed a lawsuit against German landlord Edeltrud Vorderwuhlbecke, claiming the man has been trying to extort money from him to pay for alleged damages to a Berlin villa Seagal had rented from him in late 2001. According to AP the tough-guy actor says in the suit that he was not the one who damaged the property and has suffered "severe anxiety, emotional distress, humiliation and mortification," due to Vorderwuhlbecke's threats. Riiiight.
Variety reports Vivendi Universal exec Barry Diller has formally apologized to former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis for derogatory remarks against the billionaire oilman at a recent media conference. Diller apparently referred to him as "fat Marvin Davis" and said "it would be a sad thing" if Davis were to take control of Vivendi Universal, for which he and a consortium of investors have bid $20 billion.
A Tennessee grand jury will decide the fate of country music singer Carlene Carter, daughter to country singers June Carter Cash and Carl Smith, who has been charged with stealing a dead man's identity to get prescription drugs. Carter was arrested Dec. 12 for taking the identity of her boyfriend, Francis Reidy III, who died in November, to get a prescription for the anti-depressant Zoloft.
Bruce Willis has signed on to play an amnesiac in the crime drama Me Again. Variety reports he'll play a man who wakes up in a hotel room with no memory and a dead body. Oops. He must figure out if he killed the guy or if he is the undercover cop assigned to take down the killer. Willis is currently wrapping the sequel The Whole Ten Yards.
The drug trade will be tackled yet again in a new movie called Rx. This time, however, the story revolves around the very legal but still complicated multibillion-dollar international pharmaceutical industry, examining the conflicts of saving lives while still making a lot of money. Laura Bickford, producer of the Oscar-winning movie Traffic, is developing the film, which has no cast or distributor yet.
Hip-hop singer Eve is making her first foray into television. The Grammy winning artist will hook up with UPN to develop and star as a New York fashion designer in a comedy being produced by Edmonds Entertainment. She recently co-starred in the feature films Barbershop and xXx.