Robert Pattinson is dating rising British singer/songwriter Fka Twigs, according to a U.K. report. The Twilight star has been pictured with the singer, real name Tahliah Barnett, in New York in recent weeks and the pair has been dating for more than month, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
A source tells the publication, "It's the real deal between Rob and Tahliah... they had been able to keep their relationship secret until recently, but they're already smitten.
"He's been taking her on dates for the last month or so, and has even flown her out to stay with him in New York. He also loves going to her gigs... The main thing for Tahliah is that the relationship remains low key. She wants to be known for her music, not just as 'Robert Pattinson's girlfriend'."
The actor split from his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart in 2013 after four years together. He has since been linked to Sean Penn's daughter Dylan and model Imogen Ker.
A police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars to prevent violence is stepping up its surveillance in the wake of Marion 'Suge' Knight's shooting. The elite squad, known as the 'Hip-Hop Police', reportedly works off a watchlist of potentially troublesome stars which includes Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Fat Joe, Drake and Chris Brown.
They are charged with monitoring rap concerts and nightclub appearances by any artist suspected of attracting trouble, and editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report the team is now ramping up its efforts following the shooting involving music mogul Knight in Los Angeles at the weekend (23-24Aug14).
A source tells the publication, "All New York club owners are required to inform the Hip-Hop Police in advance if anyone on the watch list is coming in. They want to be there to monitor the crowd and in case any trouble starts. They don't want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene."
Another source adds, "Their job is to investigate crimes and curtail violence in the hip-hop industry. So when they find out there is a beef between rappers, they monitor it. They are plainclothes cops, they go to clubs and shows."
Death Row Records boss Knight was reportedly shot six times, in the stomach, chest and arm, at a party hosted by Brown at an L.A. nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14). He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been released.
One of Nicki Minaj's backing dancers was hospitalised after she was bitten by a snake during rehearsals for the MTV Video Music Awards, according to a U.S. report. The Super Bass hitmaker is scheduled to perform her new single Anaconda during the music prizegiving ceremony on Sunday (24Aug14) and was rehearsing for the live show with her dancers and a large snake this week (beg17Aug14).
Minaj and her team were onstage as the six-foot (1.8 metres) reptile slithered up to a female performer and sunk its fangs into her, according to TMZ.com.
The dancer was taken to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment and the snake was removed from the stage. Her injury is not believed to be serious. It is not known if the animal will still be used in the performance.
Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora will also perform at the ceremony, which is being held at The Forum in Los Angeles.
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"It's Saturday Night Live!" will forever be the four words we associate with Don Pardo, announcer for the NBC variety show for nearly 40 years, who passed away Monday night at the age of 96 (via CBS News). Since 1975 — with only a single season-long hiatus in the early '80s — Pardo's inimitable timber introduced us to SNL’s stars, featured players, musical guests, and episode hosts, earning a permanent residence in the pop culture realm’s collective auditory cortex. But there’s more to the man than his weekly exclamations from the announcing booth at Studio 8-H. Pardo’s 75-year-long career took him to a multitude of interesting corners that we so often overlook:
Let the Games BeginA staff fixture at NBC, Pardo announced the original iterations of many of its game shows, including The Price Is Right (from 1956 to ’63) and Jeopardy! (from ’64 to ’75), as well as later programs Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and Jackpot! between ’71 and ’75.
Happy Turkey Day!For many years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented its army of inflatable cartoon characters with the gravitas of Pardo’s smooth baritone. Pardo announced the annual event for NBC straight up through 1999.
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And That’s the NewsPardo boasted a longstanding career as a news broadcaster, both on radio and television; he started out as a World War II reporter for NBC Radio. On the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Pardo announced the tragedy to NBC’s television audience, becoming one of the first parties to report on the death of the 35th president.
He Also Had a Musical SidePardo proved his tastes in music to be rather esoteric when he teamed with the likes of Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic for performances and recordings. Pardo first collaborated with Zappa in 1976 on a rendition of “I’m the Slime,” and then again joined forces with the innovative rock artist for his live album Zappa in New York in ’78.
Five years later, Pardo would pay homage to his game show era by contributing vocally to Weird Al’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” as well as appearing in the music video.
Of Course, He Had His Woody CredAn honorary New Yorker, Pardo managed to work his way into the filmography of Woody Allen, appearing in the 1987 comedy Radio Days as a host of the Name That Tune parody “Guess That Tune.” His acting career beyond the Allen picture includes Honeymoon in Vegas and the John Ritter comedy Stay Tuned.
And He Could Take a JokePardo was a hard worker until the very end — flying back and forth between his home in Arizona and New York City every week to announce episodes of SNL — but was hardly a man who took himself too seriously. This is evident by his self-parodying appearances on The Simpsons and SNL vet Tina Fey’s 30 Rock.
Naturally, we will always remember Pardo best for his work on Saturday Night Live, but there is clearly a lot more to celebrate about the man, his indomitable career, and his unmistakable voice.
Entourage star Kevin Dillon has signed on to play the real-life New York police officer who attempted to save John Lennon after the Beatles star was shot outside his Dakota Building home in 1980. First-time director Jeremy Profe's The Lennon Report will chronicle the people who tried to keep the music legend alive.
A legal battle over the estate of musical theatre lyricist Richard Adler has erupted between lawyers and his widow. The Tony award-winning composer, who wrote the music and lyrics to Broadway shows Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, died in 2012, aged 90.
His widow Susan Ivory is now embroiled in a dispute over his $22 million (£13 million) estate with his lawyer Norman Solovay, who accuses her of trying to "misappropriate" funds from Adler's grandchildren from a previous marriage.
In legal papers filed at Manhattan's Surrogate's Court, the lawyer also claims she spent more money in 2010 than Adler's music company made.
According to a report by the New York Post, Solovay claims, "She continued to refuse to recognise the grandchildren's... trust interest in the music company and to misappropriate their funds in a way that now might well be described as theft."
Ivory is also accused of manipulating Adler into amending his will while his health was deteriorating, making her co-executor of the estate with Solovay. The change allegedly deprived Adler's friends and charitable organisations of funds.
The majority of Adler's estate was divided between Ivory and his only son Andrew. Ivory has not responded to the claims.
Rocker Michael Hutchence was reportedly bankrupt when he died, and left his only daughter Tiger Lily a tiny inheritance. The INXS frontman was estimated to be worth around $28 million (£16 million) at the time of his death, but it appears his daughter will not be inheriting a fortune since turning 18 on 22 July (14).
According to his will, Hutchence wanted to leave the first $500,000 (£295,000) to Greenpeace before splitting the rest between his family and daughter Geldof, but the executor's report advised his relatives there was no money for them to inherit.
The rock star had reportedly told his family he owned properties worth millions, but his relatives discovered after his death that the homes were not his to give away.
They later found out the publishing rights and royalties from his music and record sales were also not included in the estate.
Hutchence's brother, Rhett Hutchence, tells Australian magazine New Idea, "The will was black and white. He wanted his family to have his hard-earned wealth, and that's where it goes weird... He would have hated this outcome to his will. He wanted his family to have his hard earned wealth. Michael thought he had control of his assets but in the end, it only worked with Michael still alive. On his death he owned little or nothing."
Lindsay Lohan's younger sister Ali is preparing to launch herself as a country music singer.
Ali Lohan has been attempting to establish herself as a fashion model in recent years, but she is planning a career change and has already held meetings with a number of record labels in Nashville, Tennessee, according to TMZ.com.
Editors of the website report Ali has already been offered a $120,000 (£70,588) contract with one record label, but she is said to be keeping her options open.
Dance music superstar David Guetta is still fighting over the division of assets with his ex-wife Cathy, four months after their divorce was finalised. The couple's 24-year marriage was officially declared over in a Paris, France court in March (14), but it appears the pair has yet to reach an agreement over how to split its shared business interests.
A source tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "Cathy owns all of the business names, and the music (rights), (including) their 'F**k Me I'm Famous' brand (of dance parties and popular compilation albums).
"Even though (their divorce) is finalized, things are not good."
The report suggests Guetta will lose half of his $30 million (£17.65 million) fortune to his ex as she was key in helping him establish himself as a top producer/DJ over the years.
Another insider adds, "He's the rock star, but she's the business mogul."
Miley Cyrus has been secretly dating the producer behind her Bangerz album for the past nine months, according to a U.S. report. The Wrecking Ball star is said to have struck up a romance with Mike Will Made It last year (13), shortly after she split from her fiance Liam Hemsworth.
A source tells Usmagazine.com, "Everybody in her circle knows they've been together this whole time," while another insider insists the pair keeps in close contact while the pop singer is away on tour, explaining, "(They) talk and text all day, every day."
Mike Will Made It, real name Michael Williams, 25, has previously worked with Rihanna and Lil Wayne, and was the executive producer on Cyrus' hit 2013 album.