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by G H posted Jul 31 2014 1:42PM
The former estate of Michael Jackson, Neverland Ranch, is being prepared for sale according to this article.

Thomas Barrack Jr. of Colony Capital LLC discusses the estate.

"We've really just been custodians of an irreplaceable estate and are proud to say we've restored it to the original elegance Michael first envisioned," Barrack said. "We are now considering putting it up for sale."

They also interviewed a broker associate, Thomas LePley, to get an idea of value on the property. "I'd say it's worth $35 million to $50 million, depending on what they do with it. Barrack has cleaned it up and returned it to perfect condition. It had been neglected."
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by G H posted Jul 31 2014 12:35PM
Alicia Keys announced on Instagram that she is pregnant with her second child.

"Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!," she posted as a caption to the picture on Instagram. "And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!"

Keys is married to Swizz Beatz and the couple have a 3 year old named Egypt Daoud Dean.

Click here to read more.
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by G H posted Jul 30 2014 2:47PM
Scary moments for a passenger traveling down a highway in Massachusetts.

The photo above shows an ax that flew out of the back of a truck traveling on Rte. 95 in Topsfield, Massachusetts. The State police posted the photo to their Facebook page with this caption below.

"These motorists, whom we are not identifying, endured a very frightening moment shortly before 11 a.m. today as they were driving on Route 95 southbound in Topsfield. A landscaper driving a dump truck in front of them had failed to properly secure an axe, which flew off the truck and struck the windshield of the car behind it. Thankfully, the axe only went halfway through the windshield. The passenger who is partially seen in the photo was shaken up (who wouldn't be?) but not injured."

They also reminded motorists to secure all belongings safely.

via wickedlocal.com.

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by G H posted Jul 29 2014 12:53PM
The Fashion Meets Music Festival has removed headliner R. Kelly after public backlash from fans, artists, and sponsors.

The festival, which takes place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, released a statement on the matter. "We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners... to make a statement and support the city we live in," said spokeswoman Melissa Dickson.

The decision came after Columbus-based band Saintseneca removed themselves from the lineup. "We feel his selection as a performer ignores his very serious allegations of sexual violence and assault," the band released in an online statement.

Other acts at the festival include Michelle Williams, O.A.R., and Cold War Kids. There will be no replacement for Kelly's spot at the festival.

To read more, click here.
by G H posted Jul 28 2014 2:13PM
Skyhawk, a ride at Cedar Point, has been closed while the park investigates an incident which occurred Saturday, July 26th.

"Safety is our top priority at Cedar Point," said Bryan Edwards, a spokesman for the amusement park. "Skyhawk will remain closed until our investigation is complete and the ride can safely reopen."

A man was treated on site and a girl was treated at a local hospital after a cable disconnected from the ride and struck the two passengers.

Here is the initial statement from Cedap Point regarding the incident:

"At approximately 10 p.m., a cable on one of the Skyhawk swing ride's carriages disconnected. The ride's crew immediately shut down the ride and notified the park's emergency personnel. The cable came in contact with two guests. One was treated and released at the scene. As a precaution, the other was transported to a local hospital for evaluation."

To read more, click here.
by G H posted Jul 24 2014 2:13PM
In an interview with OK! Magazine, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas from TLC discussed a date she went on with Prince.

"It's funny because I saw (Clueless) with Prince," she said. "He took me to see that movie. I've never told this story!

"We were in Indianapolis and the theater was closed but of course they opened back up from him so it was just he and I watching Clueless."

To read more from the interview, click here.
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by G H posted Jul 23 2014 12:22PM
At a show last week in Chicago, a fan began to heckle Lauryn Hill for starting 50 minutes late. According to the article, the first song was "terrible" and the fan flipped off Hill.

She then addressed the fan by saying "When I get up on this stage, don't be disrespectful. You can go. Seriously. You can go... I would prefer that. You're not gonna mess [this] up for the rest of these people. You can get your money and go."

The fan was then removed by security. Check out a video of the incident below and read more here.


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by G H posted Jul 21 2014 1:38PM
Farrah Franklin, former member of Destiny's Child, was arrested for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning. She was released later that day after posting $280 for bail.

Franklin, who along with Michelle Williams, replaced members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett in 2000. Franklin was let go from the group just five months later. "We have to say that Farrah was not kicked out of Destiny's Child," Beyonce said in an interview with MTV, "she actually did not show up for three major promotional events."

This was not her first run in with the law. In April 2011 she was arrested for disorderly conduct in California.

You can read more here.
by G H posted Jul 18 2014 2:29PM
The studio and filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic are distancing themselves from a casting call sent out earlier this week. Universal Pictures said in a statement "the filmmakers... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting notice. We regret and sincerely apologize for being in any way associated with the offensive descriptions it contained."

The casting call, sent out by Sande Allesi Casting which you can find here, looked for four classes of women ranging from "A Girls" to "D Girls." The description for A Girls stated "these are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too," while the description for D Girls was for "African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone."

The Facebook posting has since been deleted. What are your feelings on this? Let us know in the comments below and read more here.
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by G H posted Jul 17 2014 2:51PM

Beyoncé recieved the most MTV Video Music Award nominations with 8 nods and Pharrell Williams recived quite a few as well. Check out the full list of nominees below and watch the VMA's live on Sunday, August 24, at 9 p.m. on MTV.


Video of the Year
» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
» Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
» Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
» Sia, "Chandelier"

Best Hip-Hop Video
» Childish Gambino, "3005″
» Drake ft. Majid Jordan, "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
» Eminem, "Berzerk"
» Kanye West, "Black Skinhead"
» Wiz Khalifa, "We Dem Boyz"

Best Male Video
» Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, "Sing"
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, "The Monster"
» John Legend, "All of Me"
» Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
» Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

Best Female Video
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"
» Beyoncé, "Partition"
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
» Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"
» Lorde, "Royals"

Best Pop Video
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"
» Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, "Wake Me Up"
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
» Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
» Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

Best Rock Video
» Arctic Monkeys, "Do I Wanna Know?"
» Black Keys, "Fever"
» Imagine Dragons, "Demons"
» Linkin Park, "Until It's Gone"
» Lorde, "Royals"

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
» 5 Seconds of Summer, "She Looks So Perfect"
» Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
» Fifth Harmony, "Miss Movin' On"
» Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"
» Schoolboy Q, "Man of the Year"

Best Collaboration
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"
» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
» Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, "Loyal"
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, "The Monster"
» Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"
» Pitbull ft. Kesha, "Timber"

MTV Clubland Award
» Calvin Harris, "Summer"
» Disclosure, "Grab Her!"
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
» Martin Garrix, "Animals"
» Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night"

Best Video With A Social Message
» Angel Haze ft. Sia, "Battle Cry"
» Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski, "Hey Brother"
» Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
» David Guetta, "One Voice"
» J. Cole, "Crooked Smile"
» Kelly Rowland, "Dirty Laundry"

Best Cinematography
» 30 Seconds to Mars, "City of Angels"
» Arcade Fire, "Afterlife"
» Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
» Gesaffelstein, "Hate Or Glory"
» Lana Del Rey, "West Coast"

Best Editing
» Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
» Eminem, "Rap God"
» Fitz and the Tantrums, "The Walker"
» MGMT, "Your Life is a Lie"
» Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, "Stay the Night"

Best Choreography
» Beyoncé, "Partition"
» Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty"
» Kiesza, "Hideaway"
» Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"
» Sia, "Chandelier"
» Usher, "Good Kisser"

Best Direction
» Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, "The Monster"
» Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
» OK Go, "The Writing's On The Wall"

Best Art Direction
» Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
» Eminem, "Rap God"
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
» Tyler, the Creator, "Tamale"

Best Visual Effects
» Disclosure, "Grab Her!"
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"
» Eminem, "Rap God"
» Jack White, "Lazaretto"
» OK Go, "The Writing's On The Wall"

by G H posted Jul 15 2014 2:15PM
The 2014-15 Broadway season just began and already has its first flop of the season. "Holler If Ya Hear Me," a non-biographical rap musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur, began June 19th will have its final performance July 20th.

According to this article, the musical opened to mixed to negative reviews with attendance running at below 50% capacity in the most recent weeks. The average ticket price for top-selling shows range from $130 to $160, while the average admission for "Holler If Ya Hear Me" ranged from $24 to just under $45.
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by G H posted Jul 14 2014 2:43PM
Tracy Morgan spoke out for the first time since he suffered injuries in an accident which killed comedian and friend James McNair.

According to this article where you can see recent pictures, Morgan seemed very upbeat and was using a walker to get around.


Morgan was released from the hospital recently where he spent five weeks recovering. He also just recently sued Walmart for the incident, which you can read about here.


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by G H posted Jul 11 2014 1:24PM
The four time NBA MVP LeBron James is taking his talents back to Cleveland. "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball," James told SI.com in a first-person essay. "I didn't realize that four years ago. I do now." Click here to read the entire story.
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by G H posted Jul 10 2014 12:53PM

While the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards won't be taking place until Monday, Aug. 25 on NBC, the nominees were announced this morning.

One of the biggest stories from the announcement were the Netflix shows bringing in 31 nominations, including 13 for "House of Cards" and 12 for "Orange is the New Black."

Take a look at some of the nominations below, and click here to see a longer list.

Outstanding Comedy Series:
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
"Louie" (FX)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Orange is the New Black" (Netflix)
"Silicon Valley" (HBO)
"Veep" (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series:
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Downton Abbey" (PBS)
"Game of Thrones" (HBO)
"House of Cards" (Netflix)
"Mad Men" (AMC)
"True Detective" (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louis C.K., "Louie"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Ricky Gervais, "Derek"
Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes"
William H. Macy, "Shameless"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly"
Amy Poehler, "Parks & Recreation"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange is the New Black"

Outstanding Miniseries:
"American Horror Story: Coven" (FX)
"Fargo" (FX)
"Luther" (BBC America)
"Treme" (HBO)
"The White Queen" (Starz)

by G H posted Jul 9 2014 2:06PM


During a New Edition performance in Mississippi last week, Bobby Brown couldn't keep up with the other members and walked off the stage. Check out the video below.


No word yet on why Brown walked off.

Read more here.
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by G H posted Jul 8 2014 2:01PM

Over the holiday weekend, former "Scandal" actor Columbus Short was arrested for public intoxication in Texas after a fight broke out in a Dallas bar.

"I was involved in no fight," he said. "I was with a group of people that were eating, I went to the bathroom, I came back and there was an altercation ensuing when I came back."

This comes after Short was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery in February, aggravated assault in March, and losing his spot on the show "Sandal."

Read more from the Access Hollywood interview here.
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by G H posted Jul 7 2014 2:21PM
In an interview with the magazine Lucky, Solange discussed for the first time the elevator incident that happened between her and Jay-Z that she refers to as "that thing."

"What's important is that my family and I are all good. What we had to say collectively was in the statement that we put out, and we all feel at peace with that."

This is the first statement to be released on the incident since the family addressed it days after.

"Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."

via people.com
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by G H posted Jul 2 2014 2:23PM
Scary times at the Good Morning America studios in New York yesterday when a 25-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly pulled out a knife.

The man later told police that he was there to "kill Michael Strahan," co-host on the show and former Giants player.

To read more, click here.
by G H posted Jul 1 2014 2:53PM

At a concert in Cleveland on Saturday, Bruno Mars did something very special for Zumyah Thorpe, an 11-year-old who suffered brain damage and lost her pregnant mother and two younger sisters when a drunk driver hit their car in 2013.

While performing her favorite song "Just The Way You Are," Mars dedicated the concert to the girl.

Watch a video from the event below. Read more here.



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