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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

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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…

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