Singer Hilary Duff had the state of her marriage on her mind when she sat down to write new material for her latest album and reveals one of the tracks is all about what was going through her head. The So Yesterday hitmaker announced she had split from husband Mike Comrie in January (14), and now she reveals she poured her heart out in emotional songs about her man and their baby son Luca.
During a Billboard.com Pop Shop podcast on Thursday (31Jul14), Duff explained, "I'm separated from my husband right now, which has been a very difficult thing to go through, but we have a lot of love for each other and we have this beautiful baby.
"There's a song about Luca and a song about my separation and my love for this person, that maybe we're not meant to be together, or maybe we are. It's very, very personal... I think I just needed to get that out."
Duff is on the verge of a major comeback after a five-year hiatus, during which she became a wife and mother, and learned how to cook and renovate homes.
She admitted she's glad she took time away from he music business: "I was having the best time, but after about five years, I was like, 'I have no life, I have, like, two friends, I'm never home, I'm never with my family'. I kind of needed to shut it all down. It was time for me to be a person and learn who I wanted to be."
Three upcoming TV series are hitting the streets of New York City today. Here's a closer look what you can expect from each show and where you can find them filming.
Marvel recently announced Daredevil will premiere on Netflix in May 2015, forcing fans to wait longer than they had anticipated to check it out.
The 13-episode series will follow the Marvel superhero Daredevil, a blind lawyer named Matt Murdock who fights for justice in the courtroom by day before transforming into a vigilante crimefighter by night. The new adaptation stars Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, and Rosario Dawson in an undisclosed role.
You can catch Daredevil filming at Murray and Church St in NYC right now.
The Mysteries of Laura
Debra Messing is back in NYC to star in this NBC series about a homicide detective who has to balance the pressures of work with the pressures of raising rambunctious twin boys as a single mom.
Today, The Mysteries of Laura is filming at 37th St and 5th Ave in New York.
This new CBS series stars Tea Leoni as the Secretary of State who is determined to get thing done, even if it means breaking a few rules. Like The Mysteries of Laura, the series also follows her character home where she has to contend with her husband and two teenage children.
Madam Secretary is filming at E 52nd and 3rd Ave in Manhattan today.
Check out more filming locations in NYC and around the country in my Daily Filming Locations.
Michael Jackson's iconic Neverland ranch is to be sold by a billionaire's private investment firm.
According to sources, Tom Barrack's company Colony Capital is planning to put Neverland on the market. The firm currently own a primary stake in the estate after a deal made in 2007, when it purchased the $23 million loan (£14 million) Jackson owed to private investment group, Fortress Investment.
A representative for Jackson's estate tells in a statement, "We are saddened at the prospect of the sale of Neverland which, under the agreement negotiated during Michael's lifetime, Colony has the right to sell.
"The estate will maintain Michael's family home in Encino, including its iconic recording studio there... We hope and trust that any new owners of Neverland will respect the historical importance and special nature of this wonderful property."
Jackson bought the California property in 1988 and stayed there until his child molestation trial in 2004.
Argentine soccer star Carlos Tevez's stepfather has been freed following a kidnapping ordeal on Tuesday (29Jul14). Juan Alberto Cabral was ambushed by a group of thugs while driving his car in Moron, near Argentina's capital city Buenos Aires, and held captive as the criminals made contact with the soccer star's family and demanded a ransom for the patriarch's safe return.
The figure, which has differed in various reports, was paid and Cabral was released after eight hours.
Family spokesperson Gustavo Galasso claims the soccer player's stepfather is "in good shape" and appears physically unharmed.
Cabral helped to raise Tevez as a child after his biological dad was killed.
The former Manchester City star is reportedly on his way home from Italy, where he now plays for Juventus, to be with his family.
An obsessed fan of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has been arrested and charged with sending death threats to the rocker and his family. FBI investigators discovered Jessica Leigh Robbins had posted threats and videos online alleging that Cornell plagiarised her work and claiming to be the mother of one of his children.
She even accused the singer's wife of child abuse.
Experts believe she may have entered the Cornell family home in Miami, Florida last year (13).
Robbins was arrested last week (25Jul14), according to TampaBay.com.
Sources tell the website she is not allowed to go within 1,000 feet of the Tampa, Florida amphitheatre, where Soundgarden is scheduled to perform next month (Aug14). She has also been ordered to wear an ankle monitor, according to the website.
Back in February (14), a Seattle, Washington woman was also arrested and charged with sending death threats to the singer via Twitter.
Late actress Skye Mccole Bartusiak was honoured at a memorial service in her hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday (25Jul14). The actress, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot, died at her parents' Houston home on 19 July (14), aged 21.
Family and friends gathered at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church to pay tribute to Bartusiak's short life, with several hundred mourners in attendance, according to E! News.
Her brother, Stephen, spoke about his beloved sister, and said, "If you want to remember her, remember that smile and remember that laugh. So remember my sister for being that free-spirited, happy-go-lucky rasta (Rastafarian) girl.
"If you want to know what makes Skye happy, go out and plant a tree. Make it a place you can go to when you want to reflect. Make it a place where you write or where you think. But make it your safe place, because that's what Skye would want."
Bartusiak's father, Don, added, "She lit up the room. Skye's ability to engage people emotionally was exceptional."
Although investigators have yet to officially determine the cause of her death, the actress' mother revealed she had been suffering from epileptic seizures.
Bartusiak also appeared alongside Charlize Theron and Tobey Maguire in The Cider House Rules and in Don't Say a Word, opposite Michael Douglas. She also featured in hit TV shows House and Lost.
Model/actress Liberty Ross and her director ex Rupert Sanders have finalised their divorce. Ross split from the filmmaker after he was caught kissing his Snow White and the Huntsman leading lady Kristen Stewart in a Los Angeles car park. The illicit romance also torpedoed Stewart's romance with Robert Pattinson.
According to the settlement agreement, obtained by TMZ.com, Ross gets the family home and two other London residences, $25,000 (GBP14,700)-a-month in spousal support for the next four years and $14,000 (GBP8,300)-a-month in child support for the couple's two children.
The model, who is now reportedly dating music mogul Jimmy Iovine, also gets 15 per cent of her ex-husband's future movie profits.
She will share joint custody of the kids with Sanders.
"I'm old enough to have lived in a country where, if you were willing to work hard, you could have a fairly nice life. You could support your family, and even get a shot at owning your own home. But you never thought you'd get a swimming pool. Now culture has hypnotised people into thinking they're really nothing if they're not wealthy and a Kardashian." Tom Petty is not a fan of modern America.
Pop star Kesha spent one high school summer enrolled in a religious studies course at New York's prestigious Columbia University, all in the name of fun.
The TiK ToK hitmaker was so fascinated by religion, she travelled from her family home in Nashville, Tennessee to the Big Apple so she could learn all about the different beliefs and practices across the world at one of America's top schools.
She explains, "I started coming to New York when I was 16. People don't know this about me and I think it's an odd fact - I used to come here and study at Columbia University when I was in high school, Comparative Religion, for fun, in the summer."
"I thought it was really fun. I've kind of always been fascinated by religion and leaders of religion and leaders of cults... Then I dropped out (of school) and got my GED (high school diploma) and look at me now!"
Star Trek star George Takei can sympathise with the Honduras youngsters experiencing life in America from border patrol prisons, because he and his family were marched into an internment camp during World War Two. More than 57,000 people have attempted to gain access to America this year and many of them are children under the age of 12 attempting to escape the gang violence back home.
The majority have been caught at the border by customs officials, and Takei can appreciate what they are going through.
He says, "They come from a terrifying place already. I mean Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world - kids being killed by gangsters. They are not immigrants, they are asylum seekers for their lives. They can't be treated like immigrants."
And hearing many of them are entering the U.S. behind bars reminds him of his own time in prison camps when he was five.
He recalls, "We were ordered out of our two-bedroom home here in Los Angeles... We were in the living room looking out the front window and I saw two American soldiers with bayoneted rifles come marching up our driveway; they stomped up the front porch and banged on the front door.
"My father answered it and literally at gunpoint they ordered us out."
Japanese Americans were interned in 'War Relocation Camps' throughout the United States in 1942, shortly after Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor.
He adds, "(It's a) dark chapter of American history... (We) were summarily rounded up with no charges, no trial, no due process... and put in barbed wire prison camps, just because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor.
"We were behind those barbed wire fences for the duration of the war. There were 10 camps altogether, all in the most desolate places, hellish places. There were two on the blistering desert of Arizona... and we were sent to the swamps of Arkansas."
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