So much for Saturday night's filming of the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards being about the celebration of hip hop. Multiple reports are saying that an ugly confrontation broke out backstage during the filming of the ceremony, and that the fight possibly escalated into the parking lot. According to MTV, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross' camps are the ones who allegedly got into it backstage. The report also suggests that 50 Cent's G-Unit boys and Ross' Maybach Music squad might have been involved in a separate incident. There are also conflicting reports as to whether or not shots were fired in the parking lot.
BET.com confirms that a fight definitely went down between two camps backstage, though the site does not identify who was involved. They do report, however, that Atlanta police and security guards at the awards show helped break up the altercation. TMZ caught the alleged fight on video, which can be seen below.
BET has officially released a statement regarding Saturday's events. "BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta," the statement reads. "For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."
Despite Saturday's alleged incident, the network still plans on airing the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 9.
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Nail trends are taking Hollywood by storm, so much so that during the Emmys red carpet coverage last Sunday, E! debuted their mani-cam—a miniature red carpet celebs could “walk” their fingers down to show off their edgy, pretty, or crazy nail fashion. While New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel showed off her nail art television sets and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland walked her inverted French manicured fingers down the red carpet, Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne simultaneously wowed and enraged viewers with her ultra-glam fingertips.
In the mani-cam, she appeared to be sporting edgy, black, sparkly nails — a nice contrast to her feminine light purple dress and matching hair. However, Osbourne shocked viewers when she explained she was actually wearing a special polish created by high-end jeweler Azature. The 0.5 oz. bottle costs $250,000 dollars and contains 267 carats of black diamonds.
Yeah, you read that right. One nail polish bottle…
… half an ounce of liquid…
… a quarter of a million dollars.
… um, what?!
After an outpouring of criticism from fans and viewers for sporting what is literally the most expensive manicure in the history of the world, Osbourne issued an apology on her Twitter, though admitted she didn’t regret the choice since it was a “once in a lifetime experience” and “it made [her] feel like a queen!”
While Osbourne didn’t buy the bottle, or pay anything at all for her manicure — she explained Twitter that she was "picked to wear it" — the very idea of wearing diamond nail polish remains ridiculously, insanely unnecessary. So, we rounded up a few other ways to spend $250,000 that might be just a little bit more worth it. If you’re really itching to spend that much money, here are some ways to get more bang for your buck:
For $107,000: Buy Justin Bieber’s Car
Although you may not enjoy it as much you might think…
For $14,990: Rent Virgin Tycoon Richard Branson’s Australian Island, Makepeace
The heart-shaped island off the coast of Noosa can accommodate up to 22 people. Now that’s what I call a vacation!
For $100,000: Bid On Autographed Paul McCartney Acoustic Guitar
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For $200,000: Plan Nuptials for Your Pet
Some people really love their pets.
For $255,000: Buy the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Liquor
This bottle of Spluch tequila is solid platinum and white gold. For that much money, the tequila better be damn smooth. I’m just sayin'.
For $508 per pound: Snack on Gold-Encrusted Chocolate
These Delafee chocolates have edible 24-karat gold flakes applied to each individual praline by hand.
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It was a banner day for television production--perhaps the jolt of energy from all those Emmy wins and losses really threw Hollywood into gear. Here's all the news you might've missed while hungover from all that sparkling apple juice you drank last night on the party circuit. Onward!
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Is This Fifty Shades for the TV/Fashion Set?: Someone was going to make the comparison so might as well do it now. American Horror Story producer Jessica Sharzer has gotten herself a put pilot commitment from ABC for Dress To Kill. The show is being touted as an "erotic thriller" about the fashion world. She will be executive producing with Brian Grazer, who is certainly no slouch. The show will be set in New York (natch) and has a murder mystery at the core of its story line. Intrigue! Sounds positively seamy (I'll be here all night, folks!) [Deadline]
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Each week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week ending Sept. 22 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flismy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down. Take the Edge Off With a Glass of Pinot Noir (Groan) After enduring weeks of Amanda Bynes' Auto-Nonsense, Lindsay Lohan gets herself into her own roadway pickle. The worst part? She got into an accident in New York: the city of taxis, car services, subways, and women resistant to the pain of walking 15 blocks in heels. Get it together, Lohan. Even with LiLo trying to steal the car trouble spotlight, Amanda Bynes can't stop. My dear, the universe just threw you a bone. And you threw it back. We're about to lose the explosive, outspoken tabloid-bait, a.k.a. Maksim Chmerkovskiy, from Dancing With the Stars Who's going to stir up the gossip now? Tom Bergeron? Get a little Loose With a Few Glasses of Pinot Survivor treated us to a scene of the most uncomfortable swimwear ever. Jeans, Blair from Facts of Life? Jeans in the ocean? Are you not aware that just watching you do that is making me want to crawl back into my mother's belly at age 25? Have you no shame? It's really possible that we're already ruining The Hobbit for ourselves with our impossibly high expectations. Yes. Us. As in you and I and probably that guy over there. Don't stare, geeze. NBC took a really great, lovable, unique sitcom and made it incredibly run-of-the-mill. Where did you go, the old Up All Night? We miss you and the Ava Show. Fiona Apple was actually arrested... for hash. Really, border patrol? We've assumed Fiona is packing hash since she called the world "bulls**t." Now you're going to book her? #freefiona Let's Forget This Ever Happened With Long Island Iced Tea Modern Family is probably going to win everything at the Emmys again. We may as well accept it, pop the champagne during the ceremony, and break out our quippiest Fashion Police impressions, because the ABC show may just be unbeatable. Yes, Lady Gaga isn't as svelt as she was a few months ago. Can we not act as if she's some sort of freak? Seriously. The body-shaming needs to stop. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Wenn] More Unhappy Hour: Sept 16 Sept. 8 Aug. 31
When E! announced in April that the network had plans to start incorporating scripted shows into the programing mix in 2013, it was a shock to the world. Or, at least, fans of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim & Khloe Take New York, and Kourtney and Khloe Take Some Advil Trying to Keep Up with Spin-Offs. (Oh wait, that's us.) How would a network known for its reality content possibly fit into the scripted arena? But during an interview with Giuliana Rancic — Thursday at the P&G Give Hope "Do It for the Girls!" Day of Action event in NYC Ganesvoort Park Hotel — the E! News host told Hollywood.com that dipping its toes in scripted fare like Kevin Spacey's Upstarts (about Silicon Valley entrepreneurs) and the Anne Boleyn-inspired series Anne of Hollywood is a "good move" for the network. "It’s cool," Rancic says. "I love reality, but these scripted shows are very innovative. People are going to really respond to them."
In fact, even those who love watching all of Kim Kardashian's exploits will be able to connect to the new scripted series, Rancic says. Who wouldn't, with her description?: "They are going to have edge. Some of them are dark. Some of them are racy. Some of them are sexy. They are really going to speak to our audience."
And just as E! is undergoing a massive shift, Rancic has also been experiencing her own major life changes. Last year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Now, a year later, she is healthy and has even welcomed a new baby into her family via surrogacy. "I was diagnosed exactly a year ago this month, and here I am able to talk about it, able to smile and able to talk about this amazing thing that has happened in my life, which is having a baby," she says. "It's just incredible what can happen in a year, how things can change so much from the lowest point to the best point in your life. It's pretty great." (Even though she is on the path to recovery, Rancic still urges women to get regular exams and take "action" when it comes to being wary about beast cancer.)
Rancic is feeling so good that she even has plans to attend the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, despite diaper duty. "I'm hosting for E!," she shares. "I'm on three months maternity leave, but I wanted to go to the Emmys. It's like the one thing I'm doing for E! because I have never missed it. I want to keep my streak going. This is going to be my tenth year, so it's a big year for me." And, yes, she will also be stopping by Fashion Police: "I will be reunited with Joan [Rivers] and the gang, and I just miss them so much."
And in only a few months time, Rancic will be back at work. "I’m loving maternity leave, and I love being a mom — but I don’t go back to work til November and I think by then... it’ll be fun to go back," she says.
Sounds like Rancic has her hands full — but as fans, we can't wait to see her back on the red carpet this weekend. What will she be wearing?
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Following her string of headline-making (hit-and-)run-ins with the police, Amanda Bynes has another problem to deal with: looking for new representation. TMZ reports that her publicist, agent, and entertainment lawyer have all three dropped her as a client within the past few weeks. According to a TMZ source, Bynes started as a "dream client" — but the website suggests that she has become increasingly difficult over the past year. Her team has been unable to reach her for the past month, and Bynes has rebuffed all attempts they have made to help her get her life back under control.
Bynes, however, fails to acknowledge the trouble she's in. In a statement given to People on Wednesday, Bynes said, "I am doing amazing." She followed up by saying, "I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line." Does Bynes think now that she is finished with acting she doesn't need an agent? It's unclear how she plans to build a fashion business from the ground up without the help of a publicist?
Publicists, agents, and managers are used to handling crises — it is their job, after all, to spin all press into good press — so it's rare that an entire team will jump ship at once. It is not, however, unprecedented. But recent examples include clients who are a little bit more, let's say, extreme.
Mel Gibson: Gibson hadn't been what one would call stable since his 2006 arrest and drunken, anti-Semitic tirade. However, it wasn't until July of 2010 that Gibson's agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, dropped him from their roster of celebrity clients. WME cited Gibson's use of a racial slur as the cause of his termination.
Charlie Sheen: We all know that 2011 wasn't a great year for Charlie Sheen (what with the drugs and porn stars and tiger's blood and all), and in February his longtime publicist, Stan Rosenfield, decided to separate from Sheen. “I have worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time and care about him very much," Rosenfield said in a statement. "However, at this time, I’m unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned."
Chris Brown: Brown was in hot water with the media and most of America (the portion of the country, at least, that has a brain and a heart), after assaulting girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. And then his publicist, Tammy Brook, decided to drop Brown after his outburst on Good Morning America in 2010. She claimed her leaving had nothing to do with the incident, and was instead the result of a finished contract.
When watching Bynes on All That and The Amanda Show in the 1990s and early 2000s, did you ever think that she would come to have things in common with some of Hollywood's most notoriously unstable figures? Even if Bynes has retired from acting, building a career in the fashion industry (as she hopes to do) requires a lot of time in the public eye. In order to advance her career, she needs to figure out a way to revamp her image, and get herself out of a boat that contains the likes of Gibson, Sheen, and Brown. Which may be hard to do without a publicist...
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Over the next few months, we’ll see new series soar, old series sour, and so much Jersey Shore madness, we’ll want to shower. Let’s face it: The Fall TV season is intimidating. With dozens of new and returning shows hitting our small screens, we know we have some big choices to make. So, to help you determine what to watch, we’re digging deep into the most notable series premiering this season. Where did each show leave off? Where is it headed? And who should you watch it with? Today, we're look at the returning series Parks and Recreation which is entering a fifth season that will take Leslie Knope to city council, Ben Wyatt to Washington D.C., and Ron Swanson to... J.J.'s Diner, probably.
Series: Parks and Recreation
Premiere date: Thursday, September 20
Number of seasons on air: Four going on five
Cast: The Emmy-deserving Amy Poehler, the impossibly magnificent Rashida Jones, the mile-a-minute Aziz Ansari, the hilariously uncomfortable Adam Scott, the stone-faced wonder Aubrey Plaza, the world's greatest secret agent Chris Pratt, the microchip himself Rob Lowe... and Ron f***ing Swanson: Nick Offerman.
Synopsis: Leslie Knope has served as Pawnee, Indiana's Parks Department deputy director for half a decade, but has serves as Pawnee, Indiana's most dedicated citizen for her entire life. Driven to help make her hometown the best place it can possibly be, Leslie enlists the assistance of her government-hating, bacon-loving, people-avoiding boss Ron Swanson, her image-obsessed right-hand man Tom Haverford, and the rest of her what-it-lacks-in-style-it-makes-up-for-in-substance department to turn pits into parks and dreams into reality. Along the way, Leslie meets her arch nemesis: budget-slashing government actuary Ben Wyatt... who incidentally turns out to be her soul mate.
Where we left off: After an exhausting political campaign, Leslie had achieved her lifelong dream of winning an election for public office. Now a city councilwoman, Leslie will have to balance her new position with her old job, while boyfriend Ben takes his own new steps, moving to Washington D.C. to embark upon a career as a senatorial campaign manager. Meanwhile, would-be rockstar Andy Dwyer might find a new career of his own: police officer, and Ann Perkins and Tom Haverford... yeah, they're still a thing.
You’ll like it if: You love character-based humor, heartwarming storylines, lessons about friendship, hard work, horses, and waffles.
You won’t like it if: You're a Disney villain with a cold, black heart (a.k.a. an Eagletonian), or you're some kind of salad-loving weirdo.
Required reading: Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America by Leslie B. Knope; anything by Jack London.
Who to watch with: That's the beauty — ANYONE! Your parents, your grandparents, your children, your friends, your angry neighbors, your disenchanted cousin, your goth classmate, your high school bully, your women's studies professor, your local sewage department representative, your three-legged dog... ANYONE!
What to eat while watching: If you're a Leslie, waffles. If you're a Ron, bacon. If you're a Tom, albacore tuna with crispy onions. If you're an Andy, Andy's Mouth Surprise (a.k.a Skittles Sandwich). If you're a Ben, calzones (but don't tell anyone). And if you're a Chris, vegetable loaf sweetened with fruit reduction.
Best piece of merchandise: Never leave home without your Entertainment 720 fireplace bellows.
Best fashion tip: The best thing to wear after a night of romantic forays? Red polo and slacks. The Tiger Woods look.
Advice the show has taught us: "Don't half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing." "You deserve to be a champion." "Treat yo'self."
Breakout character: First it was Ron. Then Andy. Then Jean Ralphio. Bring someone on, we'll grow to love 'em.
Inspired Halloween costume: A pirate, a police officer, T-Pain, Chuck Liddell, a sumo wrestler who has lost all the weight, a guy with a seductive pizza box, Mr. Potato Head, Sherlock Holmes... or just Oren.
Don't expect to: Maintain a fight with your friend while watching. Parks is so monumentally heartwarming, life-affirming, and humanistic, that you can't possibly expect to watch a single episode of these goodhearted shnooks banding together without realizing how much you love and cherish your own friends and family. If you enter an ep amid the throes of a feud with a lifelong pal, you'll be racing to the phone to make amends midway through the first commercial break.
Binge watching potential: It's consistently funny (the third season especially) and continuously uplifting. So make a weekend of it.
GIFs to familiarize yourself with:
Ann and Tom
Ways to "fit in" to the Parks culture: Purchase a Mouserat CD, avoid salads/pizza, put your mouth on the nozzle when drinking from a public water fountain, show up at public forums and start chants about your cat, develop either a fervent fandom for or a stringent problem with The Twilight Saga, watch Joan Calamezzo religiously, start believing in curses, and embrace your town's horribly culturally insensitive history.
Stigmas to break: No, it's not just The Office with a girl Michael Scott. Although the documentary aesthetic is the same, Parks has a spirit and a life force unlike anything else on TV. Leslie Knope is a vibrant hero with a band of misfit sidekicks who make up one of the greatest ensembles on the air. Even if you're not a fan of The Office's good years, you WILL like Parks. It's deeper, sweeter, and more flavorful. Check it out!
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The embattled Hairspray star has hit the headlines in recent weeks after her driving licence was suspended while she faces a DUI charge and two counts of hit-and-run. She has also been accused of erratic behaviour, including a bizarre incident on Monday (17Sep12) when she allegedly locked herself in a boutique changing room for nearly two hours.
However, the former child star has dismissed reports she is unwell and insists she is focusing on new career ventures, including a fashion line.
She tells People.com, "I am doing amazing. I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line. I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don't drink, and I don't drink and drive. It is all false."
A Los Angeles judge told Bynes on Wednesday (19Sep12) she faces jail time if she is pulled over by traffic cops again. She is due to stand trial for the DUI and hit-and-run charges on 29 October (12).
Wasn't Lindsay Lohan the one who was just talking smack about Amanda Bynes constantly getting in trouble behind the wheel? Well, maybe Lohan shouldn't have been so quick to judge, because karma is a b***h. Lohan was arrested on Wednesday morning for leaving the scene of a accident in New York City, a public information officer for the New York City Police Department tells Hollywood.com.
She was arrested for "leaving the scene of a minor vehicle accident with a pedestrian," the officer says. It all allegedly went down at the Dream Downtown when Lohan entered the parking area, where she allegedly struck a male and then decided to proceed into the hotel instead of waiting at the scene. She was arrested when she exited the hotel about an hour and a half later. The officer relays that the incident occurred around 1 AM, and Lohan was arrested at about 2:30 AM.
The police confirm that the victim reportedly suffered a knee injury and was taken to Bellevue Hospital. The extent of the injury is not known at this time. Lohan, on the other hand, was arrested — but she didn't have to spend the night in jail. She was released with a desk appearance ticket, which means she didn't have to pay bail and was given a date to appear in court. The police also informed us that alcohol was not a factor involved in this incident.
"While some of the facts are still being gathered, it appears that this is much ado about nothing," Lohan's rep Steve Honig said in a statement to Hollywood.com. "We are confident this matter will be cleared up in the coming weeks and the claims being made against Lindsay will be proven untrue."
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When Shaun White isn't racing down Olympic slopes on his snowboard, well, let's just say it sounds like he needs a babysitter. The 26-year-old Olympic snowboarder was arrested and charged with vandalism and public intoxication in Nashville, Tenn. at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel early Sunday morning, the Metro Nashville Police Department confirms to Hollywood.com in a press release.
According to the Police Department's press release, officers arrived on the scene at 2 AM after receiving a call about an intoxicated man, allegedly White. White reportedly "pulled a fire alarm at the hotel which caused the evacuation of all guests," and a hotel employee stated that he witnessed White "destroy a hotel phone." White then allegedly tried to flee the scene via taxicab, but a citizen kept the cab from leaving after saying that he "was calling the police." Upon hearing the conversation, White reportedly "kicked the citizen and fled on foot." According to the citizen, he chased White down and White fell into a fence. White was reportedly transferred to the hospital and released later that afternoon.
The officers that reported to the scene said that White "appeared to be extremely intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol." And after White refused to sign the misdemeanor citations, arrest warrants were issued that officially charged White with vandalism and public intoxication.
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