Rapper Chief Keef has confirmed reports he has been dropped by bosses at Interscope Records. The embattled hip-hop star, real name Keith Cozart, has been faced with escalating legal problems over the past few years, including a warrant which was issued for his arrest in August (14) after he failed to appear at an Illinois court hearing relating to an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) in March (14).
And in an effort to escape his legal woes in his native Chicago, the 19 year old relocated to Los Angeles this past summer (14) to be closer to his bosses at Interscope.
However, the move simply made matters worse for Keef, as tensions between him and label executives hit an all-time low as they argued over the direction of his career.
And on Tuesday (21Oct14), Keef took to Twitter.com and confirmed reports he had been dropped by posting a screen shot of a text conversation between himself and a friend, in which the hip-hop star wrote, "I been dropped for a week now."
He continues, "Laughing because to me I been Dropped. mfs (motherf**kers) ain't help me Pay no Mf (motherf**king) Bills... When (Interscope co-founder) Jimmy (Iovine) n (rapper Dr.) Dre left that’s when I said f**k Interscope! Big D**k style. that’s what I signed up for not this new staff!"
Chief Keef was signed to the label in 2012 and released his first album, Finally Rich, later that year.
"First off, you don't make Snoop Dogg do anything. I just called... and just spoke to him. That's it. I mean, it was a very short conversation. He graciously and very humbly said he knew what I was calling for and, based on our relationship, we would move forward with no issues." Rapper T.I. confirms he acted as mediator between his protege Iggy Azalea and friend Snoop Dogg after the two began a war of words online earlier this month (Oct14) following unkind comments the Drop It Like It's Hot hitmaker made about the Fancy star's looks.
"The only thing my father gave me that was of any value to me is pain. The only time my dad will ever talk to me is when I need him at work. He knows to pick up the Skype phone call, and he knows what I'm looking for. It's not to say 'Hey, Dad'. We manipulate each other. We service each other. I use him when I go to work. It's not a real conversation; it's just an excuse to rev up. He's the marionette puppeteer. My dad is the key to most of my base emotions." Shia Labeouf rarely speaks to his father unless he needs to mine his negativity for film roles.
Pharrell Williams offered Lindsay Lohan words of encouragement during a chance meeting in a London hotel.
The Happy hitmaker was speaking to Britain's Radar magazine when he saw the actress and struck up a conversation about her performance in London play Speed-the-Plow. According to the publication, Williams told Lohan, "I'm so happy... Where you are... without judgement, where only talent can secure your position, and this is great because the world gets to see that you wouldn't be there if you weren't incredibly talented... You know, it's a play, so everyone has to be in sync. If one person's off, the whole thing's off. So the world gets to see this incredible balance that you bring to people that you work with and that you do more than hold your own. I'm hearing that you shine in it."
Lohan previously revealed she has already had problems during her run, which kicked off earlier this month (Oct14), saying, "One of our guys didn't show up for my first matinee. And they were gonna cancel the show. I was like, 'You're not cancelling the show 'cause then it's my fault, it's my a**'. So I called the understudy and said, 'Please come in.' Which was interesting..."
Actor Jason Schwartzman once posed as Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis after a fan mistook him for the rocker. The Saving Mr. Banks star was out jogging a few years ago, when a fan approached him and asked him to sign some of his possessions, but the items turned out to be Red Hot Chili Peppers memorabilia.
He says, "This man came out... and he was holding some paraphernalia...He came up to me and he said, 'It's good to see you, how are you?' and I said, 'I'm good,' and he said, 'I'm a big fan are you still making music?' and I said, 'Yeah, I try to make music everyday...'
"So basically he said, 'Would you mind signing some stuff?' and I said, 'No, not a problem...,' and he handed me all this Red Hot Chili Peppers stuff... and it had everybody's signature in the band (on it)... He's like, 'I got Flea, I got Chad (Smith), I just don't got you Anthony'.
"I was so deep in this conversation with this man, it would be embarrassing to the both of us if I said, 'I'm not Anthony Kiedis'. So to make him feel OK, I became Anthony Kiedis..."
Actor Seth Rogen turned on the TV executive who cancelled his cult TV series Freaks And Geeks after coming face to face with him at the weekend (11Oct14).
The U.S. show, which launched the careers of Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and Busy Philipps, was taken off the air 14 years ago, but Rogen still holds a grudge against Garth Ancier, the NBC boss who shut down the series. And on Saturday, he got the chance to vent his frustration. Rogen took to Twitter on Sunday (12Oct14) and wrote:
"Last night I was in a room with the dude who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. And yes, I did totally call him out on it." And during an interview with the Huffington Post on Tuesday (14Oct14), Rogen detailed the meeting and added, "I was at Saturday Night Live watching backstage... and I overheard someone say the name of the guy who cancelled Freaks and Geeks. I know his name, obviously, because we've talked about how stupid he was for the last 15 years." When asked if he received an apology from the executive, Rogen replied, "No. He was like, 'You know, I kept telling (show creator) Judd (Apatow), give them a victory, give them a victory', and I was like, 'The whole show was about how, in high school, you always lose all the time and that's it!' He went to a private school and was very rich as a child.'" Ancier gave his side of the story on his Facebook page shortly after catching up with Rogen, and wrote, "In the writers room at SNL tonight, still taking some mild abuse for cancelling Freaks and Geeks 14 years ago... once again, Judd Apatow and cast, sorry!"
After Rogen went public with their confrontation, Ancier added, "I absolutely hated canceling this particular show. It was clear from the very beginning that Freaks and Geeks had great writing from Judd and Paul Feig, and a tremendous cast. This was an awful decision that has haunted me forever. "For what it is worth, I have watched all of the episodes over and over again on Netflix, and asked myself what I could have done better to save it. "To be honest, I thought we had a nice conversation that evening. I have a strong feeling that the tweet was on behalf of Freaks and Geeks fans. After all, he and his co-stars (James Franco, etc.) have all become movie stars, and had the show continued..."
Stephen Collins' talent agency bosses have dropped the former 7Th Heaven star just days after the release of a recording in which the actor purportedly admits to molesting three young girls. Collins' representative at the Agency for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter the company has severed ties to the actor amid the scandal.
Earlier this week (beg06Oct14) the star was fired from the Ted sequel and lost a recurring role in TV drama Scandal. Meanwhile, syndicated reruns of his show 7th Heaven have been pulled from the UPTV and TV Guide networks in America.
Collins also resigned from the Screen Actors Guild board.
The recording, which appears to feature Collins' voice, was released by TMZ.com on Tuesday (06Oct14). Reports suggest the actor's wife taped the conversation during a therapy session in 2012 without her husband's knowledge.
Ozzy Osbourne is apologising after comments about feeling "excited" by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City were accredited to him, insisting his words were taken out of context. The Black Sabbath star reportedly told Shortlist magazine he liked the "kind of craziness" that enveloped New York City in the days and weeks following the 2001 plane attacks on the Twin Towers.
In a story picked up by MailOnline.com, Osbourne allegedly said, "I wasn't scared, I was excited! It was my kind of craziness, you know. It was so f**king weird. Everybody just backed off Manhattan because they didn't know if it was an all-out thing or what."
Osbourne has since come forward to clarify the quotes after critics lashed out at him for his insensitive comments.
A statement reads: "Several quotes were pulled from another interview I did for The Shortlist that was posted earlier in the day and were taken out of context to create The Mail Online story about 9-11.
"I apologize to anyone who may see these quotes and believe this is actually how I feel. Please know that I would never want to offend or hurt anyone - that was never or would ever (sic) be my intention. You would think that at my age I would finally realize that any conversation with a journalist can be twisted, reprinted and made into another story. It's another life lesson learned.
"My representatives have asked The Mail Online to pull the piece, but of course, they’ve refused and now it has been subsequently picked up worldwide because of the sensational slant The Mail Online put on the story. Love and peace to everyone. May your God go with you."
Former 7Th Heaven star Stephen Collins has lost another job as New York police officials investigate allegations he molested three children. The story broke early on Tuesday (07Oct14) when TMZ.com published audio tape featuring a man purported to be the actor confessing to his sick actions.
Reports suggest the remarks were made during a therapy session with his estranged wife Faye Grant in 2012. She allegedly taped the conversation without her husband's knowledge.
Shortly after the news broke, movie executives fired Collins from the set of the Ted sequel and now he's lost another big gig - on TV drama Scandal.
A representative for ABC tells BuzzFeed.com, "We can confirm that we will not be airing any footage with Stephen Collins."
The actor portrayed the character Reed Wallace in a 2012 episode of the series.
Ailing country star Glen Campbell is still managing to surprise his family by revisiting old tunes on his guitar every now and again, despite battling severe dementia. The Rhinestone Cowboy hitmaker, 78, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and the degenerative condition forced him to retire from showbusiness after a farewell tour a year later (12).
His wife, Kim Woolen, checked him into a full-time care facility in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this year (14) when his memory lapses and confused state made him a danger to himself around the home, but she admits the singer hasn't been robbed of all his musical skills.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "(His guitar memory) comes and goes. Some days he'll give us a big surprise; he'll pick it up (and play) and we'll be like, 'Woah, where did that come from?'."
However, Campbell's disease has cost him the ability to hold a coherent conversation and his condition is so advanced, he is now in late stage six. Stage seven is considered the beginning of the end.
But Woolen insists her husband can still convey his feelings clearly.
She adds, "He's still Glen Campbell and he still loves and feels and expresses joy and sadness."