A U.S. judge has ordered actor Michael Madsen to check into rehab to conquer his drink problems. The Kill Bill star was charged with two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) last year (12) after he was arrested in Malibu, California with a blood alcohol content level of reportedly more than twice the legal limit.
Madsen struck a deal with prosecutors and agreed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous recovery meetings as part of his punishment, but he failed to follow through on his promise, causing a judge to revoke his probation during a hearing on Thursday (20Jun13).
The actor, who was sporting a black eye, was ordered to spend 30 days at a live-in alcohol treatment facility, where he must remain until a court signs off on his progress.
He has until Sunday (23Jun13) to check into a programme, according to TMZ.com.
Lately, things aren't looking so dolce for Dolce & Gabbana. On Wednesday, an Italian court sentenced fashion designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for tax evasion. According to reports, the designers hid almost one billion euros (1.33 billion dollars) from the government through a Luxembourg-based company called Gado (a combination of the first two letters of each of their last names).
This is not the first time the luxury design team has been subject to legal issues. In 2011, they were accused of tax fraud, also in conjunction with the company in Luxembourg. However, the judge threw out the case at a preliminary hearing, ruling that there was not enough evidence. This recent case, however, seems to be gaining more traction.
But don't expect a new line of chic orange jumpsuits anytime soon. (Is that even the uniform in Italian prisons?) The Dolce & Gabbana designers refused to appear in court, and reportedly plan to appeal the guilty verdict. According to Reuters, "Given the complexity and length of the appeals process, they are unlikely to spend any time in jail."
Buona fortuna, ragazzi!
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The nanny Michael Jackson hired to look after his three children was "obsessed" with the King of Pop and would even climb into his bed, according to the superstar's daughter Paris. The teenager made the revelations during a pre-recorded video testimony which was shown in court on Tuesday (18Jun13) as part of the Jackson family's wrongful death trial against concert promoters AEG Live.
During the deposition, taped on 21 March (13), a lively Paris Jackson claimed her father was not a fan of live-in nanny Grace Rwaramba, saying, "My dad didn't like her, so he tried to keep her away from us. So he'd send her to run errands a lot."
The singer repeatedly fired her, only to let her return because he "felt bad 'cause she didn't really have a lot of money", but the superstar shared his reservations about Rwaramba with his daughter and her brothers Prince Michael and Blanket: "He said she was sneaky. She wasn't an honest person, and she lied a lot."
Paris went on to describe one "really creepy" incident with the nanny, recalling, "One time... I think it was when me and my brother (Prince Michael) were really, really young, before Blanket was born... when (Michael Jackson) would stay at a hotel, she would call the hotel and say that she was his wife. She was obsessed with him. And they'd let her in, and he'd wake up, and she'd be, like, in his bed. That's what he told us."
Lawyers for AEG aired the video testimony in court to challenge evidence given by Jackson's former personal chef, Kai Chase, who claimed Rwaramba - who was fired for good two months before the singer's June, 2009 death - was a mother figure for the children. Chase, who is now employed by the King of Pop's mother Katherine, was on the witness stand earlier this week (begs17Jun13) and detailed the impact the superstar's sudden death had on his children.
Paris Jackson's video appearance in court came just 13 days after she was hospitalised following an apparent suicide attempt at her Calabasas, California home.
Prosecutors working for Katherine Jackson and her fellow plaintiffs, Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket, told the Los Angeles judge overseeing the trial that the 15 year old was unavailable to appear in person as she was still receiving treatment for her personal troubles.
They are demanding damages for the superstar's wrongful death, accusing AEG Live bosses of ignoring the tragic superstar's health issues prior to his doomed This Is It comeback concerts.
The trial continues.
Singer, former reality TV judge, fashion designer, and mother Jennifer Lopez is adding a new project to her huge resume. The 43-year-old actress has officially signed on to star alongside Antonio Banderas in the buzz-worthy upcoming film The 33.
Based on the true story, the film will revolve around the captivating tale of 33 Chilean miners who were rescued after being trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Lopez and Banderas join the previously announced actors Martin Sheen and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro in The 33. Mike Medavoy — who gained the rights to this story soon after the miners' rescue — will direct the A-list ensemble cast.
Details on Lopez's character have not been released just yet, but we do know that Banderas is playing the role of Mario Sepulveda, the charismatic miner nicknamed "Super Mario." Santori is portraying another trapped miner, while Sheen will portray the father of one of the laborers. This is Lopez's first big screen role since her action thriller Parker that underwhelmed audiences earlier this year.
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The Jackson family had reason to celebrate on Sunday (16Jun13) as they gathered for the wedding of Tito Jackson's son. Taj Jackson's nuptials in Encino, California, brought together his grandfather Joe, aunt La Toya and uncles Tito and Jermaine of The Jackson 5.
Taj's cousin Paris, the daughter of late superstar Michael Jackson, was expected to be released from UCLA Medical Center, where she has been receiving treatment following her apparent suicide bid on 5 June (13), to attend the ceremony, but the 15 year old did not turn up, according to E! News.
However, the excited groom was determined to enjoy his big day - he tweeted, "On my way to the biggest and most important performance of my life. My wedding. Wish me luck."
The famous family has had a tumultuous few weeks - a U.S. judge has ordered an investigation into Paris' reported suicide bid to determine whether the welfare of the King of Pop's daughter has been compromised, while Michael's mum Katherine is currently in the midst of a legal case accusing bosses at AEG Live of being responsible for the Thriller superstar's death in 2009.
A lawyer for Michael Jackson's estate has asked a California judge to reject choreographer Wade Robson's request to file a late creditor's claim amid allegations he was sexually abused by the King of Pop as a child. Robson, who has worked with stars including Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, filed suit against the estate in May (13) and requested court permission to lodge a notice for financial compensation long after the estate deadline.
The dancer alleged he was unaware there was a cut-off point for creditor's claims, but estate attorney Howard Weitzman insists Robson is well connected enough in the music industry to have known about the deadline, especially because it was such a high-profile case.
Weitzman wants the judge to dismiss Robson's claim because of its late filing, reports TMZ.com.
The choreographer, now 30, maintains he was abused by the singer between the ages of seven and 14 at the superstar's California and Las Vegas homes, despite taking the stand at the singer's 2005 child molestation trial to deny he had ever been abused by the pop idol.
Jackson died from an accidental overdose in 2009.
Emmy award-winning comedian Sara Schaefer, host of MTV's late show Nikki & Sara Live, will be blogging The Bachelorette for Hollywood.com all season long.
It's week two and it's time for our Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock to start completing her most important task: figuring out who is here for the right reasons... and who is here for the wrong reasons. Once she does that, she'll know who is here for the fame and who is here to find love on a nationally televised dating show. It won't be easy — when these men are alone with her, they will charm her with heart-wrenching 30-second stories about their rough childhood. But when Desiree is away, the men gather in small groups and the claws are comin' out! So to help Desiree make sense of it all, I have laid out some simple questions she should ask to help uncover those ever elusive Reasons.
1. Does he have a struggle?
When he finally gets some alone time with you, does he launch into a succinct-yet-dramatic story about his drug-addicted mom, a terrible car accident, or a heartbreaking divorce? If so, this means he's highly skilled at being vulnerable and, therefore, probably here for the right reasons.
2. Has he ever interrupted someone who is telling you about his battle with diabetes?
On last night's episode, Ben, who had already received a rose, interrupted Desiree's alone time with Michael G. just as Michael began to reveal his battle with juvenile diabetes. UH WHAT??? That is a very low blow, Ben. You don't just casually break up a conversation about blood sugar levels. This, of course, did not sit well with any of the men, who had already begun circling Ben, accusing him of being here for the wrong reasons. Desiree may not be aware of the drama yet, but let's hope she took the interruption as a tiny red flag: Ben may be crawling with wrong reasons!
3. Is he impressed with your elaborate bridge date?
Somehow, after an exhausting day of drawing her feelings, Desiree was able to set up a highly elaborate date on a random bridge. The lighting was purple, there were chandeliers hanging, and Andy Grammer was there performing with his band. Who is Andy Grammer? I'm not sure, but I am guessing Train wasn't available. All of this after illegally hanging out on the Hollywood sign? Amazing! Brooks, the lucky man to receive this display, took that as his sign to get vulnerable and sexy (vulnerasexy). Any man who can pull off a vulnerasexy combo move is probably here for the right reasons.
4. Can he rap about being here for the right reasons?
This is probably the most important question you can ask a dozen men that you are simultaneously dating. Can. You. Guys. Rap? Desiree sets up a group date with Soulja Boy (because they are really old friends, of course), and they make a rap video about being on The Bachelorette. Each guy played the role of a former notoriously "wrong reasony" Bachelorette contestant. This isn't going to be awkward at all! The beats were sick. The chorus ("Right reasons! Right reasons! I'm here for you girl for all the right reasons!") is so tight that I am gonna go ahead and predict that this is going to be 2013's summer jam. Never before have I been so proud to be a white person. Well done, you guys. I'm sure Desiree came away from this group date with a lot more insight about these guys' intentions.
In conclusion, Desiree, in the weeks to come, these guys' reasons for being here are going to surface. Some will be right, some will be wrong, but they'll all be crazy.
Tune into The Bachelorette every Monday night at 8/7c on ABC and check Hollywood.com on Tuesdays for Sara Schaefer's reactions to the madness.
Sara Schaefer is a critically acclaimed stand up comedian, writer, and producer based in New York City. She is the co-host of MTV’s late night show Nikki & Sara Live. She won two Emmy awards for her work as the Head Blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and has written for BestWeekEver.tv and Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Sara has appeared on Comedy Central, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Best Week Ever, FX, E!, Fuse, and AOL. She also has a popular podcast You Had To Be There with her MTV co-host Nikki Glaser.
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After a pretty stable near-decade with the original trifecta of Simon, Paula, and Randy, the American Idol judges bench has seen an alarming rate of turnover these past couple of years. The twelfth season of the Fox reality series brought in big names like Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj...a pair that quickly earned infamy for their mutual hostility. After a slew of rumors inviting the possibility of Carey and Minaj's departure from Idol after just one season, announcements on Thursday night confirmed that both music artists would indeed be stepping down from the program.
ABC reports that Carey will not be returning for the 2013-'14 season, nor will Minaj (whose departure has been all but official for quite some time now). Following the dismissal of the only remaining original judge Randy Jackson, this leaves us with Keith Urban, who has expressed interest in continuing his Idol tour. But with rumors surrounding Jennifer Hudson as an incoming judge, he might not be alone for long.
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Janet Jackson caused a stir in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday (28May13) when she joined her mother Katherine and sister Rebbie as the family's ongoing wrongful death trial began its fifth week. AEG Live attorneys protested to Judge Yvette Palazuelos, reminding her she had previously ruled that Katherine could only be joined by one family member, as many of the Jacksons are on the witness list. Palazuelos offered to revisit the issue later in the day.
Meanwhile, taking the stand on Tuesday, an executive at AEG Live has confessed he knew of Jackson's issues with painkillers when the King of Pop signed on for his ill-fated London comeback concerts.
Paul Gongaware testified that although he knew of the pop superstar's dependence on medication, he had no idea he was abusing prescription drugs until the Thriller hitmaker cancelled his Dangerous world tour in the early 1990s to enter rehab.
Gongaware, who was the manager of the Dangerous tour, revealed he knew a doctor was medicating Jackson at the time.
Katherine Jackson and her late son's three children have accused the concert promotion company of negligently hiring and controlling Dr. Conrad Murray, the medic who was jailed in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter after he was found guilty of administering a fatal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol, which claimed the life of Michael Jackson in 2009.
The Jacksons also claim AEG Live bosses ignored the King of Pop's ongoing medical problems as his This Is It concert run loomed.
The case continues.
Actress Mayim Bialik is officially a single woman after her divorce was finalised in Los Angeles. The Big Bang Theory star filed papers to end her nine-year marriage to Michael Stone in November (12), citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, and now a U.S. judge has formally dissolved the couple's union.
The former lovers married in 2003 and are parents to two sons, Miles, seven, and Fred, four.
According to TMZ.com, Bialik was granted ownership of the family's home in Studio City, California, while Stone was awarded their three-bedroom property in nearby Sherman Oaks.