R&B singer Toni Braxton is hoping for a love connection after playing a celebrity dating game on TV. The Unbreak My Heart hitmaker has been single for nearly five years and she turned to friend Queen Latifah for assistance with her romantic life.
The rapper-turned-TV host brought the singer on her U.S. talk show on Tuesday (16Sep14) and played a version of popular game show The Dating Game.
Braxton asked three eligible bachelors questions about their idea of the perfect first date and their favourite cuisine, but wasn't allowed to see them until the end of the game.
The singer decided to go with a stand-up comedian named John, and they were treated to a romantic dinner at Hollywood hotspot Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills.
Braxton has been separated from estranged husband Keri Lewis, a former member of R&B band Mint Condition, since 2009.
Model-turned-actress Amber Valletta is looking for the early signs of addiction in her teenage son after realising there's a family connection to the disease. The 40 year old has been sober for 15 years after struggling with her vices at the height of her catwalk fame.
She went public with her secret addiction battle during a live seminar for wellness website MindBodyGreen.com in July (14), and was stunned when her appearance went viral.
Now she's urging other addicts to keep a close eye on their kids to make sure they don't become problem teens.
Appearing on U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live on Tuesday (09Sep14), Valletta says, "We need to stop living in the shadows of pain, and addiction is not something you can fight by sheer willpower. It is a real disease and recovery is possible.
"I see too many people and hear too many people suffering in silence and there is no reason to be ashamed if you have cancer, so there is no reason to be ashamed if you have the disease of addiction.
"I just don't believe it's about willpower... If I could have stopped, I would have stopped. I'm a very strong person, I'm a very powerful woman, I can do many things, but that I could not conquer."
And the actress admits she's determined to make sure her son Auden avoids the pitfalls she was plagued with when her modelling career took off 25 years ago.
She adds, "He's grown up with me being clean. I just tell him that it runs in your family and you definitely need to be careful but I also don't want to be the kind of parent who's not realistic. We live in a world where everything's accessible. I think it's being really smart how you talk to your kids. One time, one thing can be addictive - the first time."
LMFAO star Redfoo is convinced a nightclub reveller who threw a glass at his head in an unprovoked attack was jealous because the pop star was surrounded by sexy girls.
The rapper, real name Stefan Gordy, received treatment at the scene for a cut to his head following the incident in Australia, but the injury did not require stitches. He had been attacked during a bash in a private area of the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Sydney, and Redfoo is convinced his assailant was envious because he was partying the night away with a group of beautiful women.
Speaking after the incident in the early hours of Wednesday (27Aug14), he says, "We were about to round up the party and take it home to the afterparty. All of a sudden out of nowhere a glass hits me in the head and I look over to see who might have thrown it and I see kind of a dodgy fella trying to flee the scene. "I looked down at my hand and there was blood all over my hand. There's blood on the dance floor... I was appalled. It was unbelievable to me that this would happen. I lost my mind. The whole side of my face was bloody. It was unbelievable, like I'd been hit in the head with an axe... "I can't help it if the girls are gyrating their hips towards me and taking selfies and giggling and laughing and it seems like he might have been upset with that and didn't like what he saw. The first thing I would say to him is 'Bro, I've got to understand why did you do it. I want him to just tell me the truth. If you are a man and jealous, just say it'."
However, Redfoo is adamant he still loves life in Australia, adding, "This isn't the Aussie way, I can guarantee that. This is the most loving country I've been to ever, and by no means am I letting this get to me. I have only positive feelings about Australia and the people."
A 21-year-old man is due in court on 24 September (14) charged with malicious wounding in connection with the incident.
Kanye West has opened up about his relationship with the paparazzi, revealing his father once worked as a celebrity snapper and the rapper often counts on photographers to help him with everyday tasks.
He reportedly made the admission during a deposition as part of a legal battle with photographer Daniel Ramos, who is suing the star over a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport last year (13). During his testimony, obtained by Dailymail.co.uk, West insists he has a special connection to the paparazzi because his father Ray West, who was a photojournalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was once one of them.
He says, "My father was a paparazzo himself. My father was a medical illustrator, a Black Panther, a Christian marriage counsellor. My mother was the first black chair of the English department in Chicago State. They didn't raise me to be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX." West goes on to insist he trusts some snappers enough to get in a car with them, and they often help him out with parking and avoiding traffic tickets.
He adds, "Sometimes I get in the car with the paparazzi. Paparazzi help me to park. The paparazzi watch my car and makes sure that cops don't give me tickets (sic). There are some nice guys out here trying to just feed their family."
The Stronger hitmaker also reveals he was in an emotional state at the time of the bust-up with Ramos as he had just found out his grandfather was seriously ill.
West was convicted of battery for attacking Ramos, but insists he did not mean to hurt the snapper. He was sentenced to two years of probation, anger management sessions, and 250 hours of community service.
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A producer behind historical drama The Butler has called in police after burglars ransacked his home and stole a script signed by the film's star Oprah Winfrey.
The precious keepsake was taken from David Jacobson's Los Angeles home in a raid which cops believe is linked to a spate of other burglaries in the area.
Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the string of thefts, but The Butler script has yet to be recovered, according to TMZ.com.
Jackass star Steve-O is facing a police investigation after confessing he was responsible for a SeaWorld freeway sign prank that upset theme park bosses.
The TV personality, who is a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), posted a video on YouTube.com on Wednesday (20Aug14) showing him defacing a billboard in San Diego, California Steve-O changed the sign to read 'Sea World Sucks' as a protest against the way killer whales are treated at the popular aquatic tourist attraction.
In the footage, which he titled Breaking the Law, the prankster says, "I'm putting my foot down for (whale) Shamu. If doing that was wrong, I don't want to be right! Screw you, SeaWorld!"
However, Steve-O may be facing legal troubles following his public confession. A representative for the California Highway Patrol has confirmed an investigation has been launched, telling Los Angeles news station KTLA the highway patrol was given "a case of alleged vandalism for investigation and possible prosecution in connection with the incident".
A statement from the California Department of Transportation adds, "We consider defacing public property at a cost to state taxpayers an unlawful act and a dangerous distraction for motorists. Not figured into the equation is the danger to highway workers and the inconvenience to motorists."
A spokesperson for the department adds the sign cost more than $7,000 (£4,118) to be replaced.
Singer Ellie Goulding has taken the charity ice bucket challenge to a whole new level by daring British royal Prince Harry to take part.
The Lights hitmaker has a connection to the heir after singing at his brother Prince William's wedding to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, and she hopes to convince him to join celebrities all over the world who have taken the plunge for the ALS Association.
Goulding reveals her manager turned down the challenge following her nomination, so she has called out Prince Harry to take his place. In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "So my manager isn't going to do the ice challenge (but donate) so I renominate Prince Harry. Who told me with enough peer pressure..."
The challenge is raising money to battle ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease and motor neurone disease. Harry has a personal connection to the cause as his aunt, Anne, Princess Royal, is a patron of Britain's Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga have all doused themselves in ice water over the last few days to raise money for the charity.
Casey Kasem's wife Jean has chosen to bury the late broadcaster in Oslo, Norway. The American DJ passed away in June (14), and two months after his death, Jean, who was given control of the star's remains over his children, has opted to fly his body from Montreal, Canada to Norway.
News of Kasem's final burial site was first reported in Norwegian newspaper VG, and a private investigator for Casey's daughter, Kerri Kasem, confirmed the report to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the Norwegian article, government official Wenche Madsen Eriksson was quoted as saying, "It is arranged. He's going to Oslo," but no further details about Kasem's final resting place have been revealed.
Casey died at a hospital in Tacoma, Washington. After Kerri and her siblings claimed the body had gone missing, it emerged that his remains had been taken from Tacoma and flown to Montreal, just a day before Kerri obtained a court order in a bid to stop her father's body being moved.
A spokesperson for Kerri tells The Hollywood Reporter that she, along with her family, have no clue why Jean is moving their father to Norway.
The rep says, "We don't know what Jean Kasem's plans are. We just know that she wants to keep Casey away from his family and friends and by the looks of it, hiding from law enforcement."
Kerri's brother Mike Kasem, adds, "There is no connection my dad has with Norway. I don't know if Jean has any ties to Oslo. She certainly has never mentioned it in the last 35 years. Check the exhumation laws there; sounds like a possibility that is the reason she will bury him there.
"My dad deserves to be buried where he specifically asked to be buried: Forest Lawn (in Los Angeles). Everyone keeps asking for motives as to why Jean acts how she acts. I don't have an answer."
Reality TV star Dog The Bounty Hunter has joined a manhunt for a professional mixed martial arts fighter accused of beating up his girlfriend and a pal.
The tough guy, real name Duane Chapman, has confirmed he's part of a Las Vegas group on the hunt for Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, who is wanted by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for questioning in connection to an incident last week (08Aug14).
Police have not released the names of the two victims, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship star's porn actress girlfriend Christy Mack has revealed she's recovering from 18 broken facial bones, a broken nose and rib and a liver rupture on Twitter.com.
In a tweet, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who has made a name for himself tracking down and capturing fugitives, writes, "Time is up! BEWARE OF THE DOG."
Koppenhaver, who faces felony charges of domestic battery with substantial bodily harm and assault with a deadly weapon, might prove elusive - responding to the allegations against him on Twitter, he writes, "The cops will never give me fair play, never believe me. Still deciding what to do but at the end of the day it's all just heart breaking."
As the fall draws closer, it brings with it the start of Oscar season, when every studio unveils its biggest, buzziest and most dramatic films in an attempt to earn some recognition on the biggest night in Hollywood. And while every year does turn out a great deal of excellent films and incredible performances, at a certain point they all start to feel the same, with one domestic drama blending into another and period pieces all attempting to outshine each other. But there is some variety hidden amongst the Oscar bait, with some films providing original, interesting stories or creative twists on classic plots. In case you’re looking to add some variety to your fall film lineup, we’ve run down the best, most original awards bait hitting theaters this fall. Once December hits, however, it's every moviegoer for himself.
Interstellar Smack dab in the middle of Oscar season, Christopher Nolan will finally unveil his latest epic, Interstellar. Part post-apocalyptic drama, part space opera, part Hollywood blockbuster, and Phase II of the McConaissance, the film follows a group of explorers who set off in for a wormhole that will allow them to travel from one solar system to another in search of resources that can save the earth now that it’s run out of food. So, you know, just your usual low-key, easy to follow, low-stakes story. Opens: November 7
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Every year, there’s at least one Oscar baity film the centers on a relationship falling apart, but The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby puts a new spin on that old classic by creating an epic, two-part film that tells the story from both his (James McAvoy) and her (Jessica Chastain) perspectives. Since premiering at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews, we’ve been waiting impatiently for our chance to see the film. As it turns out, we’ll actually get two: a one-film version which blends both sides together will be released along with the original two-film version. Opens: September 12
The Boxtrolls Of all the films being released at the end of 2014 – war epics, biopics, highly-anticipated comebacks – one of the most exciting is an animated film about the friendly trolls who live under the sewers of a small English village. That’s because The Boxtrolls is the latest film from Laika, the stop-motion studio that has made such wonderful films as Coraline and ParaNorman. Like its predecessors, The Boxtrolls looks like an incredibly detailed, magical, funny adventure, but unlike them, we’re hoping that the studio will finally be able to get the recognition they deserve for their labors of love. And with no Disney or Pixar films to compete, they might finally have a shot. Opens: September 26
Gone Girl We know, we know: you’re probably sick of hearing about Gone Girl. But the buzz surrounding the film, its stars, the book it’s based on doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, so you might as well embrace it. Besides, it gives us yet another opportunity to study the enigma that is Ben Affleck’s career. Will he get a third Oscar for this? Will it finally make people take him seriously as an actor and filmmaker? Are we all going to stop praising him the second the first trailer for Batman V. Superman comes out? Nobody knows. Opens: October 3
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Fury It wouldn’t be awards season without a World War II drama, and 2014 is no exception. However, in addition to the typical slate of inspiring biopics and domestic dramas about the home-front, Brad Pitt and David Ayer are offering Fury. It’s a small-scale – well, as small scale as a world war gets – film about the lives and missions of a single tank crew tasked with venturing behind enemy lines, and it features a cast of acclaimed, yet underappreciated actors like Logan Lerman, Jon Berenthal, and Michael Pena. Just when you thought you’d seen every single war drama that’s been made, there finally comes one that’s actually intriguing. Opens: November 14
Kill the Messenger His Avengers co-star Robert Downey Jr. might have a higher-profile film opening that day, but we’re much more interested in Jeremy Renner’s Kill the Messenger. Based on the true story of Gary Webb, a reporter who uncovered the CIA’s connection to the Nicaraguan drug trade, the film centers on the manhunt that Webb became a part of after going public with his evidence. It’s the biggest, most intense role that Renner has had since The Hurt Locker, and after years of being overlooked in favor of his showier co-star, we’re excited to see him get some of the attention he deserves. Opens: October 10
Birdman Everyone love a comeback story, right? Well, how about one that’s a little more surreal? That’s what Michael Keaton is going for with his upcoming film Birdman, which takes places over the course of the several days in which washed-up actor Riggan Thompson, who made his name as superhero, attempts to mount a comeback with a play that he wrote, directed and is starring in. With Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu at the helm and a cast featuring Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Edward Norton, we’d be interested in this even if it weren’t Keaton’s first big film in years. Opens: October 17
Beyond the Lights After winning over audiences everywhere with her breakthrough role in Amma Asante’s Belle, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to prove that she can do more than just period pieces with Beyond the Lights. Mbatha-Raw plays Noni, a Rihanna-like pop star struggling with being a puppet for her pushy stage mom and greedy record executives, who finds joy in a relationship with down-to-earth cop Kaz (Nate Parker). The story might be familiar to anyone who saw Britney Spears’ “Lucky” video, but it’s the perfect opportunity for Mbatha-Raw to really showcase her talent with a role that requires her to sing, dance, fall in love, and break our hearts. Opens: November 14
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