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Casey Kasem’s Wife Fires Back At Conservatorship Filing By Stepkids

30 Jul

Casey and Jean Kasem

The wife of legendary radio deejay Casey Kasem has challenged a conservatorship filing from his three children by filing papers of her own in court on Tuesday.

Casey’s kids took legal action last week after their stepmother, actress Jean Kasem, cut them off from visiting their father, who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Kerri, Julie and Mike Kasem filed for legal control of their father’s affairs after being refused visits and phone calls for over three months, but now their stepmother has fired back.

Jean claims that she’s been caring for her husband, who is also suffering from early onset dementia, and says that the conservatorship should be given to her.

According to TMZ.com, Kasem’s kids claim that they have power of attorney for their father, stemming from a 2007 court ruling; however, Jean claims that it was nullified in 2011 and she has control.

The former “Cheers” actress also says that her stepchildren sponged off of her and her husband for years and still haven’t repayed loans in the six figure ranges.

Casey Kasem

Paul McCartney Defends Miley Cyrus Over Racy Performances

30 Jul

Paul McCartney

Former Beatle Paul McCartney has come to the defense of Miley Cyrus over her recent performances, saying that we’ve all “seen worse than that.”

McCartney told Britain’s Sky News that he saw Miley’s MTV Video Music Awards performance and thought it was only “mildly shocking”.

“You know what, I don’t think it was explicit at all,” he says. “You couldn’t see anything! I watched it just as an experiment, to check. But obviously you look at it and you go, ‘What’s everyone shouting about?’.

“Someone said to me that the world that a lot of those people like Miley live in is all noise, and they’ve got to get above the noise. So they have to do something,” McCartney added.

“I think it was only mildly shocking. She’s dancing with Robin Thicke, so what? Come on, we’ve seen worse than that!” he said.

McCartney has been making the rounds promoting his 16th solo album, appropriately titled “New”.

Paul McCartney

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2’ Review: Album Of The Year?

13 Jul

The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2

Not many musicians would release a second album just six months after a massively successful one and a sold-out stadium tour with the reigning King of Hip Hop, Jay Z. But most musicians aren’t Justin Timberlake. “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” unfathomably tops its predecessor with an operatic exploration of soul, country, funk, R&B swaddled in JT’s legendary charisma.

If “The 20/20 Experience” was about the simple act of falling in love, 2 of 2 encapsulates the complicated work of sustaining it. The initial seduction is explored in the “Thriller”-esque “True Blood” and the ode to bedroom stripteases “Cabaret” featuring Drake. The darker times when love and hate are one in the same are referenced in the pain-smudged bluesy stunner “Drink You Away” and the scathingly badass rock-soul hybrid “Only When I Walk Away.” The sunny “Not A Bad Thing” details the happily ever after.

As with Experience, most songs are at least five minutes long with extended outros, which can enhance a track’s strengths or exaggerate its weakenesses. The last minutes of “Only When I Walk Away” is the audible equivalent to cubism, a raw, wild exploration of sound with robust drums and a funked up vocals. The closing riffs of “Not A Bad Thing” is another song entirely about flitting off in a cocoon of love, featuring Timberlake’s caramel voices, an acoustic guitar and a lush orchestra. On the flipside, the additional minutes renders the monstrous banger “True Blood” a little anemic.

Timberlake may rely a little too heavily on uber-producer Timbaland’s mad-scientist production, however, he also proves that beyond the smoke and mirrors burns an inferno of talent. 2 of 2 features Timberlake’s freest and strongest vocals of his career. The frills-free “Drink You Away” is unabashed Memphis soul steeped in a gritty country riff. And “You Got It On”-a showcase of Timberlake’s golden falsetto that rivals that of Maxwell and even the King of Pop himself-is a throwback to classic babymaking R&B. Along with the haunting “Amnesia,” these songs provide the ballads and slow tempos that the breezy “The 20/20 Experience” lacked.

As a whole, “The 20/20 Experience” is undoubtedly a platinum gem in Timberlake’s treasure-trove of a career, and more than likely the best album of the year. It also emphatically solidifies JT as an iconic musician among the greats that influenced him. Most artists directly reference their idols, but Timberlake’s varied inspirations resonate in the space between beats and the breaths between notes. While the musicality and vocals pay homage to Michael Jackson, Queen, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and others, the provocative execution is entirely Timberlake.

Grade: A+

Check out Timberlake’s video for “Take Back The Night.” “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” is available on iTunes and in stores now.

Photo Credits: RCA Recrods

Justin Bieber’s Pimped-Out Van Involved In Bong Scandal

15 Jun

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is entangled in another controversy after a member of his entourage was purportedly photographed dumping bong water out of the singer’s custom van.

The Baby singer has been spotted travelling around in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with a group of friends this week, and a photo has appeared online showing a mystery passenger in the van holding what appears to be a bong out of the window.

The picture, obtained by TMZ.com, shows the person, whose face cannot be seen, tipping water from the pipe. However, the hand does seem to appear to be Caucasian.

It is not known whether Bieber was present, but the van is said to have been en route to a music studio, and the singer later posted an Instagram picture of himself recording. He also updated his Twitter.com followers about his time at the studio.

The 19 year-old’s wild antics have made him a regular in the headlines over the last few months. He recently faced a police investigation over allegations his entourage was involved in a nightclub fight in New York, while last week he was allegedly embroiled in an altercation in Toronto, Canada.

Photo Credits: PRPhotos

A.M. Roundup: Leah Remini Vs. Scientology, Lady Gaga Goes Nude Again, Kate Upton: ‘I’m Not A Toy’

17 May

Leah Remini

Actress Leah Remini, who recently split from the Church of Scientology, reportedly filed a missing persons report for the wife of church leader David Miscavige. Shelly Miscavige hasn’t been seen in public since 2006, prompting questions about her whereabouts and speculation over whether or not she’s being punished or held somewhere by the church against her will. Police confirmed an investigation last night but wouldn’t say whether or not Remini had anything to do with it. Mrs. Miscavige was later found by police, who closed the case and called the report “unfounded” according to TMZ. The church subsequently blasted Remini, calling the report “an inexcusable distraction for the LAPD.” (story)

Lady Gaga has a new album coming out this fall, and to create buzz for it she’s posed nude for the third time in the last two weeks. This time around she bares all, leaving nothing to the imagination, for artist Marina Abramovic’s new fundraiser. The artist hopes to spread her physical and mental workout regime by raising $600,000. Gaga hums while walking through fields and hugging giant crystals in empty rooms. Is it “ARTPOP”? (story)

Actress Karen Black, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 70s film “Five Easy Pieces”, died on Thursday at the age of 74. Black had been battling ampullary cancer, which affects the bile duct, since 2010 and succumbed in a nursing home in Los Angeles. Her husband broke the news on Facebook, thanking fans for support and prayers. Earlier this year the couple raised money via Kickstarter.com to pay for an experimental treatment in Europe, but she never made it there because her failing health prevented her from traveling. (story)

Kate Upton is September’s ELLE magazine cover girl, showing off her gorgeous curves in a classy set of photos. The model talked about subjects ranging from religion to how she’s treated, saying after her first Sports Illustrated cover that she was constantly pursued by married and engaged men. “I’m not a toy, I’m a human,” she says. (story)

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth showed up to the premiere of new film “Paranoia” together Thursday night. The couple hasn’t been seen in public together for a long time, and they put rumors of their split to rest once and for all. (story)

Check out five fun facts about “We’re The Millers” star Will Poulter. The actor, known for his role in “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” plays the pretent son of a drug dealer to help smuggle a shipment of marijuana into the U.S. from Mexico. (story)

“District 9” writer/director Neill Blomkamp’s latest film, “Elysium“, which hits theaters today, is a “thought-provoking Sci-fi, fantasy, action film,” according to our reviewers. Matt Damon stars in the film, which takes place 150 years from now when Earth is polluted and the rich live in a lavish space station while the poor suffer below. (Review.)

Beyonce shocked the world by giving herself a makeover and cutting her hair short, just like Miley Cyrus. The singer now sports a pixie ‘do and she showed it off in a series of pics on Instagram. She recently completed the North American part of her “Mrs Carter Show” World Tour by biking to the Barclay’s center in Brooklyn, New York, from her apartment in Manhattan. (story)

Usher‘s ex-wife Tameka Foster is looking for full custody of the couple’s son, Usher Raymond V, after the child got his hand stuck in the drain of the singer’s swimming pool and had to be rescued and given CPR to revive him. The boy was reportedly trying to get a toy from the bottom of the pool when he got his hand stuck. (story)

Leah Remini

Leah Remini Files Missing Persons Report For Scientology Leader David Miscavige’s Wife

17 May

Leah Remini

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed on Thursday that an investigation regarding the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige has been ongoing after reports that actress Leah Remini, who recently broke from the church, filed a missing persons report over the whereabouts of Mrs. Miscavige.

Police wouldn’t say whether or not the actress had anything to do with the filing; however, sources told TMZ.com that Remini personally filed the report after leaving the church after over 30 years last month.

Shelly Miscavige has not been see in public since 2006, and church officials insist that she has simply been working hard for the church, but some people aren’t buying that story.

According to ex-scientologist Tony Ortega, Mrs. Miscavige was transferred to a secret compound around the time of the wedding and is cut off from the outside world.

Remini reportedly left the church over issues with its leadership, when she began questioning Miscavige’s running of the church and started to lose faith following the wedding of high-profile scientologist Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. When Remini allegedly questioned why Miscavige’s wife wasn’t with him at the wedding, in which he served as Cruise’s best man, the church reportedly punished her and began to treat her differently.

Last year Mrs. Miscavige’s attorneys issued a statement saying any claims that she had gone missing “are false.”

The church fired back at TMZ over the story on Thursday, calling it “a ludicrous claim” and a “publicity stunt cooked up by a small band of unemployed fanatics who live on the fringe of the Internet.”

Last week Remini told Us Weekly.com that she’s planning a memoir, which “will include my [Scientology] experiences, everything that’s taboo to talk about.”


UPDATE:

TMZ.com reports that the LAPD has closed the missing persons case involving Miscavige, calling the situation “unfounded” because they were able to meet with her in person.

The church has blasted Remini for opening the case, saying in a statement to TMZ, “Sadly, rather than move on with her life and career, Ms. Remini has aligned herself with a handful of untrustworthy, lunatic tabloid sources who obsessively harass the Church to advance their selfish agendas.”

First Look: 2014 ‘RoboCop’ Reboot Has Its First Trailer

16 Sep

RoboCop

The first trailer for 2014’s reboot of Robocop has arrived, and the new film promises a similar premise as director Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi classic, but with lots of changes.

The year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is the leader in robot technology, having had their drones successfully used by the military in overseas operations for years — and now they want to start using this technology on the domestically (sound familiar?)

When police officer Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman in the reboot, Peter Weller in the original) is injured critically while in the line of duty, the corporation seizes the opportunity to creat a half-man/half-machine police officer.

Of course, what the company doesn’t know is that they’re not totally in control of Murphy.

Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, Michael K. Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Jay Baruchel and, of course, Samuel L. Jackson also star.

RoboCop opens in theaters February 7, 2014. Check out the trailer below…

Miley Cyrus Can’t Stop: Poses For Risque New Magazine Shoot & ‘Bangerz’ Promos

16 Sep

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus still can’t stop. Following her controversial performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, the singer has now gone on to promote her upcoming album, “Bangerz”, with some racy new photos, along with a risque new shoot for Notion magazine.

To help promote her fourth album, out October 8, Miley squats on a chair in a pair of black and white checked leather pants while grabbing her crotch, ears a daring see through top and stands looking over her shoulder while wearing no pants in three of the images released by RCA to promote the new disc.

Miley’s Notion shoot features the singer in a very risky pvc cutout dress leaving little to the imagination, and, of course, bending forward to show off her behind.

Following her much-criticized performance Sunday night, her father, Billy Ray gave her some words of encouragement. She tweeted what he said…

“Mile, if twerkin woulda been invented…. And I had a foam finger…. I woulda done the same thang you did. – DAD,” she posted on her twitter page Thursday.

Miley Cyrus

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Co-Stars Pranked Liam Hemsworth On ‘Paranoia’ Set With Giant Sex Toy

19 Aug

Liam Hemsworth

While filming a steamy scene for new movie “Paranoia,” Liam Hemsworth was pranked by co-stars and crew, who put a sex toy in the bed he was using.

The actor took his clothes off during an intimate scene with Amber Heard, and when he tried to grab what he though was her arm, he got a handful of “giant dildo” instead.

Yikes!

Hemsworth explained to E! News, “I get into the bed and they say ‘action’. And then I turn over and I grab what I thought was (Amber’s) arm, and it was a giant dildo. It was… big, a black one. And I pulled it out, and everyone was in on it… except me, yeah.”

“Paranoia,” centers on Adam Cassidy, a smart young executive who is fingered for corporate malfeasance and ordered to infiltrate a high-tech rival.

The film hits theaters on Aug. 16.

Photo Credits: PR Photos

Blomkamp’s ‘Elysium’ Is Sci-Fi With Something To Say

19 Aug

Matt Damon in Elysium

In 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut “District 9” punched audiences in the stomach with its gut-wrenching realism and gripping social commentary. The emotional bruising left in its wake didn’t just seize viewer attention though, it captured Hollywood’s too. Struck by Blomkamp’s creativity with a smaller budget, the industry decided to offer him a larger one for his sophomore effort “Elysium.” Working inside the Hollywood machine can be tricky however, since directors often compensate for greater resources with major creative compromises. What’s miraculous about Blomkamp’s flick is that it doesn’t seem like he sacrificed anything because “Elysium” is a grim, arresting picture.

Blomkamp’s tale takes place in the year 2154, where Earth has become polluted and overpopulated. People stuck there suffer crime, illness, and government oppression, as they toil away in dangerous jobs. Meanwhile the extremely wealthy live on a habitat orbiting the planet called Elysium, where there is fresh air, clean water, and medical devices that can cure any malady. A ruthless administrator named Delacourt (Jodie Foster) protects this community from riffraff by hiring thugs such as the psychotic assassin Kruger (Sharlto Copley) to do her dirty work.

Our protagonist is Max (Matt Damon), an orphan trying his best to play the shoddy hand life has dealt him. As we learn through flashbacks, Max has always dreamed of traveling to Elysium with his best friend Frey (Alice Braga). However his desire to get to there becomes a lot more urgent after discovering that he only has a few days to live. Desperate to heal himself, Max vows to get there by any means necessary. Unfortunately Delacourt and Kruger learn of his scheme, and attempt everything in their power to stop him.

Sharlto Cople in Elysium

Like “District 9,” this film is engaging because it’s just the right amount of believable. Technology in the movie is a fascinating hybrid of current devices with futuristic upgrades and space-age stuff that will blow your mind. A refreshing thing is that Blomkamp trusts your intelligence by dropping you into his unique world, without over explaining how everything works. He lets you soak it all in and use your imagination, providing definition only when absolutely needed. The result is a more immersive experience for the viewer.

Another fascinating tact that Blomkamp uses is to accentuate the differences between Earth and Elysium from an aesthetic perspective. Scenes on Earth are dusty and dingy with a lot of handheld camerawork, whereas Elysium is bright and clean with a greater number of stationary shots. In general though, Blomkamp relies way too heavily on the handheld camera. Not only is his shaky cam distracting, but frustratingly it prevents you from seeing all the neat happenings in the background of each scene as well.

Similar to “District 9,” this picture isn’t just a straightforward adventure, it’s a sci-fi movie with messages. “Elysium” has a lot of weighty points to make about how race, class, violence, and healthcare affect our society now and how they could impact us in a dystopian future like this one. Sadly the subtext is a bit excessive and some of these lessons get lost while you’re paying attention to the main narrative. This film has more to say to a global audience than “District 9” since it’s not just an allegory for Apartheid, although “Elysium” is ultimately less effective as social commentary because it’s so busy.

Despite this gripe, Blomkamp’s picture is still a compelling yarn filled with complex characters, sickening violence, and brilliant social critique that proves he’s not just a one-hit-wonder. Few working directors out there are as effective as Blomkamp at telling a serious, yet entertaining story with a moral. He truly is a master of sci-fi with something to say, and I look forward to seeing what his next film’s big message is.

My Grade: A-…as in Almost There! A Few Tweaks Away from Total Awesomeness!

Photo Credits: Sony Pictures Digital Inc. All Rights Reserved

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