Justin Bieber is urging a Los Angeles judge to dismiss a hit-and-run lawsuit filed against him by a paparazzo last year (14), insisting the snapper put himself in harm's way by allegedly standing in front of a moving vehicle. Walter Lee is suing the Boyfriend hitmaker amid claims he was left with serious injuries after he was struck by the singer's Ferrari on the Sunset Strip on 17 June, 2013.
Bieber, who had just left the Laugh Factory comedy club with his pal Lil Twist, failed to notice he had allegedly sideswiped Lee, pinning him against another car, before driving off.
Authorities cleared the pop superstar of any wrongdoing after determining the photographer had been at fault for being a pedestrian in the roadway, and now Bieber's lawyers are seeking to use the police findings in their defence.
His legal representatives have filed new papers in a bid to have the case tossed out of court, insisting Lee deliberately stood in front of Bieber's car.
They have also poured doubt on the extent of Lee's injuries, which the plaintiff previously claimed had included lacerations, haematomas and deep abrasions on his left leg, as the alleged victim was back on his feet days later, when he again pursued the singer to obtain paparazzi photos.
Lee is seeking damages to cover the cost of his hospital stay and other medical bills, but Bieber wants the plaintiff to foot the cost of the legal action if the judge rules in his favour, according to TMZ.com.
British actor Idris Elba has embarked on an epic road trip from London to Berlin, Germany for a new Jaguar car promotion. The Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom star, 42, will travel 750 miles (1,200 kilometres) in the Jaguar XE, the most fuel-efficient model ever produced by the luxury auto firm, on a journey which will take him across four countries during wintery conditions in just three days.
The trek, which kicked off on Sunday (25Jan15), will be documented on camera using the vehicle's high-tech 'infotainment' (information and entertainment) system. A series of short films from the adventure will be released over the course of next month (Feb15).
Elba is expected to arrive in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, when he will DJ at a pop-up party to celebrate the forthcoming release of the Jaguar XE.
Discussing the challenge prior to the drive, Elba said, "My work takes me around the world, but I rarely have the time or luxury of getting behind the wheel for myself. I wanted to do this trip and record the experience through a series of short films.
"I have long been a fan of Jaguar's incredible sporting heritage and have been truly impressed with how the brand has evolved over the past few years. It's a real privilege being the first person to take the new XE on a significant road trip across Europe."
Jaguar Land Rover executive Fiona Pargeter added, "As a keen driver with a passion for cars, technology and music, Idris is the perfect fit to test the new Jaguar XE. We look forward to seeing how he achieves an economical drive despite challenging winter conditions."
Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love and their daughter Frances Bean Cobain put their years of estrangement behind them on Saturday (24Jan15) as they kissed and hugged at the premiere of a new documentary about the late Nirvana rocker. Mother and daughter were among the stars who walked the red carpet at Utah's Sundance Film Festival to celebrate the launch of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which was directed by Brett Morgen and executive produced by 22-year-old Frances.
The film features a handful of interviews with Love, Cobain's parents and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, but another chat with fellow Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl failed to make the initial cut in time for the Sundance premiere as Morgen simply didn't have time to re-work the piece as the additional interview only took place earlier this month (Jan15).
He tells Billboard.com, "We had a locked print and trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult.
"This is the picture I wanted - I didn't want there to be a lot of people in the film. I hope we'll see a version (with the Grohl interview) some time."
Love initially took the film idea to Morgen in 2007 after he impressed her with his 2002 Robert Evans biopic, The Kid Stays in the Picture, and she gave him access to her personal archives.
However, she was refused editorial control over the project as she features as one of the documentary's subjects and Frances was instead brought in to oversee the picture.
Morgen explains, "First Courtney was involved, then Frances became involved. Frances Bean is really why we're all here. This movie is for her. Frances and I shared the exact same vision about what this film should be; everybody came on board."
Taking to Twitter.com after the screening, Love admitted she had mixed feelings about the film, writing, "So sad @brettmorgen @alka_seltzer666 (Frances Bean Cobain) so so sad yet so uplifting, beautiful and gorgeous. Your daddy would be so proud of you baby. thank u (sic)".
The Hole frontwoman ended years of estrangement with her only child in 2013, four years after she was stripped of her parental rights as she battled substance abuse issues. A judge appointed her daughter's paternal grandmother, Wendy O'Connor, and her aunt Kimberly Cobain as co-guardians until she turned 21 in 2013.
R&B stars Tlc have expressed their gratitude to fans including Katy Perry, Bette Midler and New Kids On The Block for generously donating to their album crowdfunding campaign, making it most successful pop project on Kickstarter.com. The Creep hitmakers called on fans on Monday (19Jan15) to help cover the costs for their fifth and final album and gave themselves a month to hit their target of $150,000 (£93,750).
They reached their goal in just four days, thanks to big cash pledges from Perry and New Kids on the Block's Donnie Wahlberg, among others, and now Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas have issued a statement to People.com to thank their loyal followers.
The message reads: "Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude for our fans for all of their amazing support. We feel so blessed to know that not only do our fans love us, but they believe in us. We have received support from longtime listeners that attended our first concerts, plus new fans who have only just started listening."
Giving special shout-outs to their most notable supporters, they add: "We were also so humbled by the outpour (sic) of support from other artists like Katy Perry, New Kids on the Block, Dev Hynes, Russell Simmons, Soulja Boy, Bette Midler and more!"
And TLC were given extra reason to celebrate on Thursday (22Jan15) as they discovered they had made Kickstarter history.
In an update for fans, they write, "Y'all are beyond amazing. We are happy and proud to say that this project is officially the MOST SUCCESSFUL POP PROJECT ON KICKSTARTER!!! You made this happen and we are so blessed!!"
Fans can continue to contribute to the project until the campaign ends on 19 February (15).
Former Talking Heads star David Byrne has recruited singers Nelly Furtado, Kelis and St. Vincent to stage special performances at an upcoming high school flag spinning competition. The rocker is organising Contemporary Color, an event which will pair 10 teenage colour guard teams with famous musicians, including Furtado, Kelis and St. Vincent, as they show off their choreographed flag skills.
Byrne reveals he became fascinated with colour guard after one high school group asked to use his music back in 2008, and he subsequently came up with the idea for Contemporary Colour.
In a statement, he writes, "I was stunned at what I was seeing. And being a musician, I naturally wondered to myself: what if these performances had really great live music? Wouldn't that lift it to another level?"
Byrne will also take part and compose an original song for his piece, while other singers involved include Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus and Dev Hynes.
The show will debut in Toronto, Canada over two days in June (22-23Jun15) and head to New York the following weekend (27-28Jun15).
Former footballer-turned-reality TV star Chad Johnson is preparing to be a father for the fifth time. The sportsman's girlfriend, Crystal Bates, is pregnant with their first child, and Johnson took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (21Jan15) to announce the happy news.
Referring to the weekly social media trend Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) in which users share pictures of ladies that they find attractive or admire, Johnson posted a photo of the baby's sonogram, and wrote, "I literally crushed my #WCW so much I created a new #WCW".
Johnson, who has reportedly been dating Bates for the past year, has four children from previous relationships.
The news comes less than a year after Johnson's ex-wife, reality TV star Evelyn Lozada, welcomed a baby boy with her fiance, Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Carl Crawford.
The Basketball Wives star was married to Johnson for just six weeks in 2012, but their union came to an abrupt end following a physical altercation in which the troubled athlete allegedly headbutted Lozada. She filed for divorce days after the incident.
Actress/singer Zooey Deschanel has reportedly become engaged to her producer boyfriend Jacob Pechenik just days after announcing her pregnancy. The New Girl star revealed she is expecting her first child last week (13Jan15), and now Us Weekly magazine reports the parents-to-be are set to wed.
Representatives for the couple have yet to comment on the engagement news.
Deschanel, who is due to give birth to the baby this summer (15), began dating the Jobs moviemaker last year (14) after meeting on the set of forthcoming movie Rock the Kasbah.
Her sister, fellow TV star Emily, is also pregnant. The Bones actress revealed she is expecting her second child with actor/writer David Hornsby last month (Dec14).
Lindsay Lohan has been hospitalised in London with a rare virus. The actress contracted Chikungunya, a virus transmitted by mosquito bites, in Bora Bora, where she vacationed over the holidays (Dec14). The virus causes fever, joint pain and fatigue.
She previously revealed the diagnosis on Instagram.com after posting a photo of herself on a jet ski and captioning the snap, "Before I got chikungunya".
She later added, "Being sick is no fun... In good faith with good people. I refuse to let a virus effect my peaceful vacation. Be safe and happy on the new year all..."
Lohan appeared to have bounced back from the illness days later as she flew to Los Angeles, but it appears the virus is still playing havoc with her health, and she was treated at Queen Elizabeth II's hospital of choice, the King Edward VII, on Wednesday (21Jan15) after complaining of a high fever and joint pain.
She was subsequently released by medics.
The surviving members of Tlc are close to reaching their target to fund the recording of their next album after an online campaign drew donations of more than $100,000 (£62,500) in just three days. Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas launched a new Kickstarter.com drive at the beginning of the week (19Jan15) to help cover the costs of recording and releasing their fifth and final studio album.
After starting the page on Monday (19Jan15), the girl group has received more than $100,000 (£62,500) in donations, pushing them more than 70 per cent of the way towards achieving their $150,000 (£93,750) goal.
TLC's summer (15) tourmates New Kids On The Block pledged $10,000 (£6,250) to the cause, and reports suggest pop star Katy Perry handed over $5,000 (£3,125).
Fans have until 19 February (15) to contribute. The campaign had raised $105,426 (£65,891) as WENN went to press.
Actress Anne Hathaway had to appeal to writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland to "age" the lead female character in their new movie Song One after realising she wanted to serve double duty as both producer and star of the film. The Oscar winner, 32, admits she was only meant to work behind-the-scenes with her co-producer and husband, Adam Shulman, on the independent drama, about a woman who begins a relationship with her ailing brother's favourite musician, but she soon found herself thinking non-stop about the character of Franny, so she convinced Barker-Froyland to tweak the storyline.
She explains, "At first, we were just asked to come on as producers by writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland, and then after a couple of weeks, I found myself on the subway (in New York), I'd be thinking about Franny and then I'd just be on the treadmill at the gym, thinking about Franny, and then all of a sudden, I realised I had a crush on her.
"But the character was originally written as a 24 year old, and I'm not delusional, so I knew that me playing her, we'd have to age her up (sic), so I called Kate and asked her if she would consider me and she came back a couple of days later and she said she would love it if I played the part."
Hathaway's role required her to sing on camera, but the Les Miserables star's performance was a little too good for her character, so Barker-Froyland had to ask the actress to rein in her talents.
She says, "My character, she went through something rough when she was a teenager, she lost her father, and I think that kind of forced her into an early adult role, so I had to come up with the voice of someone who maybe had musical talent but had never explored it because she was busy focusing on being responsible and doing everything right."