Hip-hop mogul Master P is covering the costs of a funeral for a mother of three who was shot and killed in Louisville, Kentucky, because the tragedy reminds him of his brother's brutal slaying years ago. The rapper has been moved to help the family of Andrea Arnold, whose body was discovered in an alley on 30 November (13).
He reveals news of the crime brought back painful memories of the death of his younger sibling, Kevin Miller, who was robbed and murdered by a drug addict early on in Master P's career.
He has also appealed to locals in Louisville to help police find Arnold's killer before the Christmas holiday to give her family some peace of mind.
He says, "I'm begging the community to come together and find out who did this... That would be the biggest Christmas gift we could give to her (Arnold's daughter) and her other siblings."
Master P is also planning to host a benefit gig at the city's The Gillespie venue this weekend (15Dec13) to raise money for toys and other gifts for children who have lost their parents to violence, reports AllHipHop.com.
The veteran musician isn't the only star to share the wealth during the holiday season - fellow rapper The Game has made it his mission to give away $1 million (£667,000) to worthy causes by Christmas, and recently brought Los Angeles' gang leaders together in a bid to help pay for the funeral of a seven-year-old boy killed in a shoot-out.
Did you hear that? No, it wasn't the wind. That was the sound of hundreds of classics scholars screaming and ripping their hair out after seeing the trailer for the new Hercules movie starring Kellan Lutz. What it depicts seems to be anything except the son of Zeus. As someone who enjoyed reading the Greek and Roman myths throughout high school and college, I'm also a little perturbed at how this movie seems to be depicting him.
Let's start with the build. Lutz looks more like a Twilight character than someone who was the strongest man on the planet. Even Kevin Sorbo looked more the part in the Adventures of Hercules show in the '90s. Here, Lutz looks like a slightly less-built extra from 300. He doesn't look like a man who held the Earth on his shoulders in place of Atlas for a period of time. Lutz's Hercules would get squashed like a grape. Apparently director Renny Harlin told him to have really, really strong abs. Yeah, that's what really stood out in the telling of these myths over the years: Hercules had six-pack abdominals before people even knew what those were.
Secondly, the trailer shows Hercules as a gladiator. This is something that never occurred in either the Greek OR Roman version of Heracles/Hercules that I know of. Now, if this was about a gladiator who took Hercules' name in honor of the legend, then I could understand that, but this is something that goes well off-script.
Thirdly, it seems like the movie makers don't like doing things like including the Greek or Roman Gods. Brad Pitt's Troy was much weaker because of the absence of the deities, which I found confounding, since their actions played huge, huge parts in the Iliad. I looked at the cast list for the movie and there's not one person playing a god, Greek or Roman. Sure, there's Agamemnon, but no gods. Sigh.
Fourthly, I must say I have never been a fan of Harlin, with the exception of Die Hard 2 and maybe Cliffhanger. He also helmed several episodes of the action TV series Burn Notice, Covert Affairs and White Collar, which was surprising since those shows are often entertaining. This movie seems to be his first big-budget affair in a decade and if this movie tanks, he may be back on the small screen in no time flat.
Personally, I'm going to wait for the other version, the one with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Now he's someone I could see with the blood of a god coursing through him.
British pop star Kerry Katona has enlisted producer David Gest to officiate at her third wedding. The Atomic Kitten star became firm friends with Michael Jackson's best pal while filming her reality show My Fair Kerry in 2005, and she has asked him to oversee her vows when she walks down the aisle with personal trainer George Kay next year (14).
She tells Britain's OK! magazine, "We're thinking it will be in August, and David Gest is going to marry us."
Katona has also asked British boyband Blue to sing at the ceremony after they appeared together on U.K. show The Big Reunion, a comeback platform for 1990s pop acts.
She adds, "The Big Reunion lot will be there and Blue will sing and Kevin Simm from (band) Liberty X."
Weeds star Kevin Nealon has organised a special stand-up comedy performance to raise funds for a friend's cancer treatment. The funnyman will front the show at the Tempe Improv theatre in Tempe, Arizona on 11 December (13).
The night will raise money for Nealon's close pal, who is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer and needs urgent treatment.
Urging fans to buy tickets for the show, the star writes on Twitter.com, "I'll be doing a fundraiser for a very good friend with stage 4 cancer this Wednesday at Tempe Improv. Please come!"
Adam Sandler has topped the list of Forbes magazine's most overpaid actors of the year, ahead of Katherine Heigl. The Grown Ups star is paid approximately $15 million (£10 million) per film, but his return on profit is not worth the payout, according to magazine bosses - for every dollar the star is paid he brings in $3.40 (£2.26) in profit, according to statistics.
For example, Jack & Jill grossed $150 million (£100 million) but cost an estimated $80 million (£53.3 million) to make, and That's My Boy had an estimated budget of $70 million (£46.6 million) and only brought in $57 million (£38 million) at the box office.
Coming in second is Heigl, who returns an average of $3.50 (£2.30) for every dollar she is paid.
Rounding out the top five are Reese Witherspoon, Nicolas Cage, and Sandler's Grown Ups sidekick Kevin James.
Maybe the Gallagher family on Showtime’s Shameless is a little rough around the edges — they curse like sailors and keep their savings in a jar — but they make for good entertainment. The new season of Shameless premieres on Jan. 12, a mere month away, and we can’t control our excitement.
When last we left the Gallaghers, bad-dad Frank was hospitalized with a long list of possibly life-threatening medical conditions while Fiona was acclimating to full-time employment and a respectable boyfriend. (Also, Jimmy the car thief is definitely dead despite his vague exit from the show.) Lip had graduated high school and planned to go to college, but younger brother Ian used Lip’s identity to enlist in the army when his relationship with Mickey Milkovich went sour.
Since season four picks up only a few weeks after the show left off, we’ll be able to get right back into the lives of the Gallagher clan. Based on the first promo released for the new season, it seems Fiona, Frank, and Lip will be rebelling against employment, health care, and education. Meanwhile, based on casting announcements, Debbie, the youngest Gallagher girl will continue her transition to adulthood that began in season three.
However the biggest surprise of the third season finale was Ian enlisting and leaving his siblings behind. If there is one Gahllagher rule, it’s that you don’t abandon the family. Plus, we really wish Ian and Mickey could work out their relationship issues. (That’s going to be hard since Mickey is married now, but we’re still hopeful.)
If nothing else, at least Fiona officially has custody over her siblings now. We wonder if that will actually change anything though. We’ll have to tune in on Jan. 12 to find out.
"When I was younger, I cared a lot more about what I wore. But the older you get, the more you think about what's easy and comfortable. And, as a mum, I'm a little bit more conservative." Britney Spears has toned down her personal wardrobe since having kids. The singer is mother to two young sons with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
Britney Spears sympathised with Kim Kardashian during her pregnancy after the reality TV star was savaged by critics over her weight gain. Kanye West's new fiancee came under attack earlier this year (13) as she piled on the pounds while expecting her first child, daughter North West, and the harsh comments caused the socialite to break down in tears on her show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Spears admits her heart went out to Kardashian after tuning in to the episode, and she couldn't help but feel sorry for the then mother-to-be because the Toxic hitmaker treasured the time when she was expecting her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
She tells InStyle magazine, "I was like, 'Bless her heart', because I remember that time... That should be the time when your body is most treasured."
Getting candid, Spears adds, "I loved being pregnant for so many reasons, not to mention the sex is awesome then."
Meanwhile, in another interview with Britain's Telegraph newspaper, the pop superstar admits her own reality show with Federline, Britney and Kevin: Chaotic, was a big mistake.
She says, "I would never do something like that again. Actually, that was really bad. That was probably the worst thing I've done in my career."
The show, made from home videos throughout 2005, was panned by critics and only ran for five episodes.