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.
LMFAO star Redfoo is convinced a nightclub reveller who threw a glass at his head in an unprovoked attack was jealous because the pop star was surrounded by sexy girls.
The rapper, real name Stefan Gordy, received treatment at the scene for a cut to his head following the incident in Australia, but the injury did not require stitches. He had been attacked during a bash in a private area of the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Sydney, and Redfoo is convinced his assailant was envious because he was partying the night away with a group of beautiful women.
Speaking after the incident in the early hours of Wednesday (27Aug14), he says, "We were about to round up the party and take it home to the afterparty. All of a sudden out of nowhere a glass hits me in the head and I look over to see who might have thrown it and I see kind of a dodgy fella trying to flee the scene. "I looked down at my hand and there was blood all over my hand. There's blood on the dance floor... I was appalled. It was unbelievable to me that this would happen. I lost my mind. The whole side of my face was bloody. It was unbelievable, like I'd been hit in the head with an axe... "I can't help it if the girls are gyrating their hips towards me and taking selfies and giggling and laughing and it seems like he might have been upset with that and didn't like what he saw. The first thing I would say to him is 'Bro, I've got to understand why did you do it. I want him to just tell me the truth. If you are a man and jealous, just say it'."
However, Redfoo is adamant he still loves life in Australia, adding, "This isn't the Aussie way, I can guarantee that. This is the most loving country I've been to ever, and by no means am I letting this get to me. I have only positive feelings about Australia and the people."
A 21-year-old man is due in court on 24 September (14) charged with malicious wounding in connection with the incident.
Actress Blake Lively had a miserable 27th birthday on Monday (25Aug14) as she recovered from a bee attack.
The former Gossip Girl star was being photographed for her lifestyle website, Preserve, on Sunday (24Aug14) when she felt a sudden "electric shock of energy" and realised she had been stung.
In a post on the blog, she writes, "(It was) the final day of the shoot, I felt an electric shock of energy - was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older... I think. "But this felt terrible. Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27? Because mine hurt like hell... then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling (sic). It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting."
She adds, "I don't know enough about insects to say if they were wasps, honeybees or Mother Nature’s miniature flying tasers. What I DO know, is that just moments before we were in the midst of a gorgeous fall fashion shoot. Now, I was a Monty Python sketch; running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and hands around like I’d just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge."
Lively admits she was left shaken after the bee attack, but the swelling didn't completely ruin her birthday - she threw an impromptu party, where guests enjoyed slices of a vanilla cake the actress baked.
Comedienne Joan Rivers is in stable condition at a New York hospital after losing her breath during a routine surgery early on Thursday (28Aug14).
Rivers was admitted to Mount Sinai hospital after she stopped breathing at nearby Yorkville Endoscopy. Initial reports suggested the TV personality was in critical condition, but that appears to have been downgraded, according to Access Hollywood.
Ironically, she joked about her health during a stand-up show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Wednesday night (27Aug14), telling fans, "I'm 81, I could go at any moment... I could fall over right here and you all could say, 'I was there!'"
The Kinks have dismissed reports suggesting the band is set to reunite without former singer and guitarist Dave Davies for an upcoming 50th anniversary get together. Ray Davies recently hinted that a reunion would move forward with or without his estranged sibling.
He told Britain's Mojo magazine, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it (reunion), it will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."
But now the band has issued a statement, suggesting Ray's comments were misquoted by the publication.
A message on the group's Facebook.com page reads: "MOJO is wrong. There will be NO Kinks reunion without BOTH Ray and Dave Davies. Ray Davies claims to have never said this."
A sex abuse lawsuit against Hollywood director Bryan Singer, dating back 15 years, has been dropped. Michael Egan III claimed the X-Men filmmaker molested him at a party in 1999, when he was 17, and filed the legal complaint in April (14).
Singer filed a motion for dismissal earlier this summer (14), and the plaintiff filed a request to dismiss the case last week (ends22Aug14) - because he was unable to find an attorney to represent him.
On Wednesday (27Aug14), U.S. district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted Egan's motion for voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, according to legal documents obtained by Billboard.com.
Egan's suit was dismissed without prejudice, allowing him to refile a claim against the filmmaker at a later date if he wishes.
Judge Mollway also denied Singer's request to have Egan pay for his lawyers' fees and costs, citing that the director failed to identify what those exact costs are.
Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has been released from hospital following a club shooting incident over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The former Death Row Records boss reportedly sustained six gunshot wounds in the stomach, chest and arm while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown at Los Angeles' 1OAK nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14), and was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
His representative tells TMZ.com that Knight was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning (27Aug14), and will continue his recuperation at home.
He will return to the hospital to meet with medical professionals for follow ups.
Megan (Melissa McCarthy), AKA Dougie's sister, is the best character in Bridesmaids. She's got the highest possible security clearance (don't repeat that!), an 18-wheeler just because, and people used to throw firecrackers at her head. Literally. If that doesn't sound like someone you want to be, then you're probably crazy.
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She’s not afraid to poop wherever, even if it’s a really fancy Bridal shop:
She is the queen of seduction:
She has better dance moves than everyone else:
She gives excellent life advice.
She is not afraid to admit what she wants from a man:
She is incredibly graceful:
She can help anyone find the solution to their problems:
Because when she gets hurt, she does it the right way:
She spoke to a dolphin once:
She’s not afraid to take what she wants:
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Last night was the final episode of Chelsea Lately. After a seven-year run, Chelsea Handler is saying goodbye to E! but she was not alone to do so. Many of her friends, previous guests, and stars from Hollywood joined Chelsea in saying goodbye.
Check out her star-studded, extremely funny "Goodbye to E!" video here:
Of course, her former-man 50 cent was there, along with Gwen Stefani, poking fun at her self after her Emmys name-gaffe. It wouldn't have been a party if Miley Cyrus hadn't stopped in as well. Others like Selena Gomez and Tim Gunn joined in on the fun. Afterwards, Chelsea also took a moment to be candid. She wanted to thank those who have helped her along the way, as well as thank her fans.
Watch her heartfelt farewell here:
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Ray Davies' planned The Kinks 50th anniversary reunion may well go ahead without his former bandmate and brother Dave. The feuding siblings met recently to discuss a get together with Mick Avory, and frontman Ray has confirmed he is working on new material with the drummer, but so far Dave isn't on board.
In a new interview with Britain's Mojo magazine, Ray says, "Dave's invited to the party, but if he doesn't want to do it (reunion), it will happen anyway. He's very welcome to turn up if he wants. I'd much rather work with him than without him."
He adds, "If somebody can't or won't play, there are other players out there. Mick and I want to do it."
Ray's latest remarks are a little confusing for fans of The Kinks as his brother recently told Uncut magazine he was the one championing a reunion.
He said, "I said to Ray I thought that it'd be a great shame if we don't try and do something. I don't think our love has diminished. I think the stage play has played itself out a bit, the pretense and the acting. I think it's time reality took over, and started directing the last years of... whatever it is. It's like (Biblical brothers) Cain and Abel."
Host Jacqueline M. Wood travels to various locales around the globe, spending 48 hours in each spot, checking out the incredible vistas, tasting the delectable cocktails and cuisine and trying out the often extreme activities that make each destination one-of-a-kind. Along the way, Jacqui will meet celebrities, jetsetters and local legends who will join her two-day adventure and keep the party going as she experiences the best of the best of each hotspot.