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Rocker Courtney Love has branded her upcoming memoir "a disaster".
The Hole star has been penning the gritty details of her life story but the project's initial release date of 2013 has repeatedly been postponed. Now she has revealed she never wanted to work on the book in the first place, and she refused to tell all about her recent years because she wanted to retain some privacy.
Love tells Paper Magazine, "It's a disaster. A nightmare. (It is) just not working... (I) never wanted to write a book in my entire life. It just sort of happened... It has to stop. What happens from 2006 on in the book is my personal business. I've been discreet from that time on, and I want to keep it that way."
The memoir, titled Girl With The Most Cake, is expected to chronicle Love's battle with drugs and her doomed marriage to tragic Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain.
No release date has yet been confirmed.
Britney Spears' father has saved his daughter a major embarrassment after purchasing the rights to an incriminating video allegedly featuring her now-ex-boyfriend David Lucado kissing another woman. The Toxic hitmaker, 32, revealed she is single again on Thursday (28Aug14), amid rumours suggesting lawyer Lucado had been caught on camera dancing and locking lips with a new lady.
The film footage, which was being shopped around to various media outlets, was reportedly shot in mid-August (14).
Jamie Spears, who has served as his daughter's conservator since her well-publicised meltdown in 2008, caught wind of the cheating allegations and successfully offered up big money to purchase the video and keep it private.
His representative has confirmed the news to TMZ.com, revealing he took the necessary steps to protect Britney from what could have turned into a huge tabloid scandal.
It is not known if other copies of the tape exist, but Spears Sr. has vowed to sue for copyright infringement if anyone publishes the footage.
The pop star, who currently splits her time between her concert residency in Las Vegas and her California home, began dating Lucado early last year (13), following the breakdown of her engagement to agent Jason Trawick.
Modern Family kicked off another triumphant year at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday (25Aug14) by becoming an early double winner at the Los Angeles event. Show star Ty Burrell claimed the very first prize of the night for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and he celebrated the victory by reading out a cute speech penned for him by his young TV co-stars Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould.
Accepting the award, he revealed, "I had a speech (planned) but apparently the kids in the cast of Modern Family wrote one for me too and they handed it to me when I got here, so I think I'll read that instead."
Modern Family chalked up a second Emmy shortly afterwards as Gail Mancuso was handed the gold trophy for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for her Las Vegas episode.
Meanwhile, Jim Parsons earned his fourth Emmy for playing astrophysicist Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory as he was named Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus scored her third consecutive Emmy win in the female equivalent for her portrayal of fictional Vice President Selina Meyer.
Other early winners included Louis C.K., (Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for Louie), Allison Janney (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy for Mom), and Kathy Bates (Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Mini Series or Movie for American Horror Story: Coven).
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are being hosted by comedian Seth Meyers at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
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."
James Brown's grieving widow was left distraught amid a slew of legal battles over the star's estate after a judge ordered his body to be cut up so DNA tests could be performed. Tomi Rae Hynie, mother of Brown's youngest son James, Jr., has revealed she was horrified when she found out medical officers had to hack the legs from the singer's remains to carry out tests on his bone marrow in a bid to prove the youngster is really his child.
James, Jr.'s parentage was challenged as part of a feud among Brown's other children over his estate following the music legend's death in 2006, aged 73. Brown left a will which was signed in 2000, a year before he married his wife.
In an interview with Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, she explains, "The drama that has unfolded since his death is more painful and outrageous than anything a scriptwriter could dream up... James would be spinning in his grave if he knew the hell I'd gone through over the past eight years... They couldn't do the normal DNA test because of all the embalming fluid in his body. So they had to cut off his legs to get to his bone marrow. I wept uncontrollably when I found out. My husband, the greatest dancer in the world, had his legs hacked off in death... My husband was a prolific womaniser. There are the children we know about but there are more and more people coming out of the woodwork claiming to be his. They are doing DNA testing all the time."
Hynie also claims Brown's body was moved 14 times in the six months after his death amid the raging legal battles: "That is the final insult to James. He and I would often talk about his legacy. He wanted our home - a 230-acre estate on Beech Island in South Carolina - to be turned into a living memorial, like (Elvis Presley's home) Graceland. That's where he wanted a proper mausoleum."
She now lives in Las Vegas with her son, and claims she is so broke she has to busk to earn extra cash. She adds "I've been forced to busk on the streets at times to make ends meet. I'm broke."
Hynie was included in a settlement agreement in 2011 which would have given her a quarter of her late husband's estate, but the legal wrangling is believed to be ongoing.
Producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are developing two animated films, Rio and Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, for the stage. The beleaguered superhero musical's lead producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, are setting their sights on two new projects which will transform the hit films into musicals.
Cohl and Harris tell the New York Times they are hoping to open Rio, based on the 2011 film about two blue macaws falling in love, in the titular city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in time to coincide with the 2016 Summer Olympics.
If the run proves successful, they are hoping to bring the production to Broadway.
As for Chipwrecked, the producing duo is developing a live stage show about the trio of musical chipmunks, and a tour of theatres across the U.S. is expected next spring (15).
Cohl and Harris also revealed they have nixed plans to bring Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to Las Vegas, and instead are focusing on an arena tour, which is expected to open late 2015 or early 2016.
Cohl says in a statement, "Las Vegas was never a done deal; it's simply a market that we were exploring - among other possibilities - and still are. Our favorite possibility for the future life of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark always has been the arena tour, and we are thrilled that it has materialized."
The musical, which features a score by U2 stars Bono and The Edge, ended its three-year run in January (14). The show was troubled with months of delays and setbacks, including the exit of director/writer Julie Taymor, a number of injuries sustained by castmembers, and a ballooning budget which made it the most expensive Broadway production of all time at $75 million (£44 million).
Def Leppard have postponed their upcoming Las Vegas residency so they can record a new album. The British group was planning to hit Sin City for a string of shows in November (14), but frontman Joe Elliott has revealed he and his bandmates are desperate to get back in the studio to work on a follow-up to 2008's Songs From The Sparkle Lounge.
He says, "We are going to go back (to Vegas) and probably do Viva! Pyromania, but it'll not be until towards the end of next year because we have a new record in the making."
Def Leppard are currently on tour with KISS and Elliott adds, "When this tour ends in mid-September, we'll take a couple of weeks off to see our families and then we're going to get back on the horse and finish the new album.
"We did a month of writing and recording in February and for two weeks in May. We're going to spend the rest of the year when the tour is done recording this album so we can get it out next spring.
"If we can do that, we'll get back on the road by April. I think we're going to head off to Australia, Japan, the Far East, South Africa and then Europe. I think we're going to be back in Vegas in 2015."
The band's Viva! Hysteria gigs at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last year (13) proved to be a big hit with fans.
Kanye West used his wedding speech to compare the troubles facing modern celebrities to the injustices suffered by African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the U.S. in the 1960s.
The rapper married reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Florence, Italy in May (14), and he has now revealed he turned his wedding toast into an impassioned plea for the rights of the famous.
West compared the issues facing his family, including being photographed regularly and appearing in gossip columns, to the discrimination against black citizens in America in the early 20th century and the civil rights fight throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
The Stronger hitmaker tells GQ magazine, "What I talked about in it (my wedding speech) was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name. I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn't choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I'm going to fight to make sure she has a better life."
West went on to insist mocking stars is also a form of discrimination and he is rallying against it, adding, "I'm fighting (for my rights) with the way I line my words up together and the way I place a sweater on top of a T-shirt... People know I'm smart. And people know that, whether it's SNL (Saturday Night Live) or Jimmy Kimmel (U.S. TV show), it's a trend to take the p**s out of celebrity - just as much of a trend as wearing a grey hoodie or driving a Prius."
Members of a New York grand jury have been tasked with deciding whether hip-hop veteran Flavor Flav should be indicted on traffic and drugs charges following an arrest in January (14). The Public Enemy star, real name William Drayton, faces a count of speeding and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle after his car was pulled over by police in Long Island, where he was due to attend his mother's funeral.
He was also slapped with a charge of marijuana possession.
Flavor Flav, who has pleaded not guilty to the accusations, returned to court in Nassau County on Friday (11Jul14), when his lawyer, Indji Bessim, revealed they had still yet to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.
She said, "(We are) just not prepared to take a felony plea today."
The case was subsequently handed over to a grand jury.
The 55-year-old rapper had previously expressed a desire to reach an agreement with authorities as the frequent flights from his home in Las Vegas to New York to attend the court hearings were becoming too costly.
Hip-hop star T-Pain will forever be grateful for his friendships with Chris Brown and Ne-Yo, insisting they were the only celebrity friends who stuck by him as he struggled with depression. The I'm Sprung hitmaker recently revealed he fell into a deep, booze-fuelled downward spiral in 2010 when plans to release a joint album with Lil Wayne were derailed by the rapper's year-long prison term for gun charges.
The setback hit T-Pain hard and only two of his so-called pals, Brown and Ne-Yo, welcomed his company throughout his ordeal. He has since managed to get sober and turn his life around, and T-Pain confesses he couldn't have done it without the pair, although he admits he was as much of a support for Brown as the embattled singer was for him.
He tells MTV.com, "I did it (got sober) for (Brown). I did it for everybody, but, you know, Chris the most, because he was going through so much with all the backlash and stuff he was going through. And I still called him, hit him up, visit him in the studio, checked on him, make sure he was OK, went by his house, just popped up in places that he was (sic)."
He adds, "Ne-Yo stayed down. Everybody else just kind of fell off and was just like, 'A-ight (sic), well, make a new song and we'll call ya (sic).'" Brown fell out of favour with many music fans in 2009, when he was convicted of assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards. He was sentenced to community service and probation following the attack. The singer has since found himself in further legal trouble, and he was released from prison on Monday (02Jun14) after serving time for violating his probation. Brown is also facing trial amid allegations of assault relating to an incident in Washington, D.C. in October (13).
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